Stop and Shop to Set Aside Time for Older Shoppers

Stop&Shop stores will set aside early morning hours for shoppers over the age of 60 who the CDC and other experts say are more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Stores will admit only shoppers who are at least 60 years old from 6 to 7:30 a.m. starting Thursday, the company said. The set-aside hours will allow shopping in a less crowded setting, the store said, which enables social distancing.

“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,” the company said.

The chain said Sunday it was temporarily reducing hours at many stores to allow workers to restock the shelves laid bare by hoarders and shoppers who fear the epidemic.

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