March 18, 2020
Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop—a chain of supermarkets that serves the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—announced on March 16 that it will begin opening early for older shoppers., The Boston Globe reports.
Starting on Thursday, March 19, Stop & Shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers age 60 and over, the company said—noting that the Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities have said older adults are at higher risk of contracting the virus.
“Stop & Shop is making the decision to allow community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing,” a company statement said.
It said the supermarket chain is keeping 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,” the company stated.
Over the weekend, Stop & Shop adjusted its hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. at most stores beginning Monday. Many of its stories had previously been open to 10 or 11 p.m.
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