All Stores Setting Time Aside for Seniors and Those Vulnerable to COVID-19

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By Giselle Balido

March 20, 2020

The goal is to allow those who are more susceptible to the spread of coronavirus in Florida to shop without being exposed to the general public or large crowds.

Adults over the age of 60 and persons with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 have an increased risk of complications from coronavirus, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In response to this, many grocery stores across Florida are setting aside special hours to allow seniors to shop at their own pace and, most importantly, without crowds.


As of Tuesday March 24, Publix is dedicating special hours for customers 65 and over. These will be Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Likewise, the chain’s pharmacies will also open at 7 a.m. on those days. The Florida-based grocery store chain says the change will be made until further notice.


Southeastern Grocers (SEG), Winn-Dixie’s parent company, announced on March 19 that it has set aside special hours for seniors and high-risk customers only. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.  This applies to all Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket stores. All stores will close nightly at 9 p.m. SEG also said all pharmacy locations would now open at 8 a.m. on weekdays to provide prescription refills, as well as influenza and pneumonia vaccines.


The largest Hispanic owned supermarket chain with more than 30 stores across Florida is dedicating the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. hour to shoppers aged 65 and over as well as those who are immunocompromised.


From March 24 through April 28 Walmart’s stores across the U.S. will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older. This event will take place one hour before stores open to the public, and includes its pharmacies and vision centers. Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time. Walmart will be checking IDs during the weekly senior shopping hour at the stores’ discretion.


All Whole Foods Market stores in the US and Canada are temporarily open to customers aged 60 and over one hour before opening to the general public. Stores open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Seniors can shop from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. without being exposed to large crowds.


From 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for vulnerable shoppers, including seniors, who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated. Find the full list of Albertson’s companies stores here.


Target is reserving the first hour of each Wednesday at stores nationwide for “vulnerable guests,” including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Stores. open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The membership-only chain of warehouse stores has a special shopping time for seniors 60 and over. The stores, which generally open at 10 a.m., are open to seniors from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays.
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