BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In order to help some of the people most at risk for contracting COVID-19 get the supplies and groceries they need, grocery chain Stop & Shop has announced special new store hours for customers aged 60 and older.
Starting Thursday, the older customers will be able to shop exclusively at Stop & Shop locations from 6-7:30 a.m. every day. This will allow customers to better follow authorities' social distancing suggestions, shopping in less crowded environments.
"Now, more than ever, it’s important we come together as a community to support each other during challenging times," Stop & Shop said in a release. "Part of that is showing compassion and care for some of our neighbors who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. According to the CDC, that is members of the population who are age 60 and older."
Stores will have the right to ask those customers not in that age group to leave.
"Although we will not be requesting ID for entry, we ask that you please respect the purpose of the early opening—and do the right thing for your neighbors," the release read.
Stop & Shop stores have adjusted their hours to allow staff to take more time to unload deliveries, stock shelves, and rest. Most of the company's stores are now open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The grocery chain reminded customers that their home delivery service is still in operation, too. For those worried about following social distancing guidelines, this option may be best.
"With this service, we’ll notify you by text or email when the driver arrives, and they will simply leave the bags on the doorstep or building entry and return to their vehicle," the company said.
However, their online pickup service has been temporarily suspended to allow staff to focus on stocking stores.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas reports: