(WTNH) — The grocery chain Stop & Shop is now limiting store hours and is set to designate specific times for seniors-only shopping to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep shoppers healthy.
Effective Thursday, March 19, the stores will be offering seniors-only shopping hours from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Only shoppers over the age of 60 – the most vulnerable group to the virus, according to the CDC – will be permitted at that time.
This decision was made to practice effective social distancing.
The grocery giant for more than 100 years also said they are now limiting their store hours to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday, March 16.
The change was made, Stop & Shop says, in an effort to give associates more time to unload inventory and stock shelves.
Although Stop & Shop will not be requesting ID for entry, they request that we all respect the purpose of the early opening – and do the right thing for our older neighbors. Stop & Shop will reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group.Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop says they are continuing to maintain high levels of hygiene and sanitation in its stores and online operations.
We’re also taking additional measures during this time, which include wiping down checkout areas including the belts and pin pads with disinfectant even more frequently.Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop is far from the only retail chain offering this. Big Lots and Dollar General are dedicating the first hour of every day to senior shoppers.
Walmart is doing the same thing on Tuesdays. Target on Wednesdays. Big Y, Big Lots, Fresh Market, and Dollar General are following suit.
Medical experts say this is a good idea in theory, as long as those seniors maintain their own social distancing. So this is not supposed to be a social hour. You should still stay at least six feet away from people, including other seniors, but it is an opportunity to shop in a cleaner, less-crowded stores.