With many scientific studies acknowledging that older people and people with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to Covid-19, an increasing number of supermarkets in the US spend time alone or open earlier for groups of customers. This high-risk goods.
The reason given by the shopping crisis phenomenon is that the shelves are empty, high-risk groups like older people have difficulty in consuming.
According to CNBC, Trader Joe’s supermarket started to open 1 hour in advance from 9am to 10am for older customers. This supermarket does not set a specific age for these customers, but it is usually for people aged 65 and over.
With Walgreens supermarket chain, the elderly are purchased 1 hour earlier on the Tuesday morning from 8 am to 9 am. In addition to opening the front door, Walgreens said both home care and delivery is available for these subjects. Customers aged 55 and above will also receive a special discount on Tuesday.
The giant, Walmart, also said that it will conduct a special shopping event lasting 1 hour every Tuesday to April 28 for customers aged 60 and over. This service is opened 1 hour before opening hours at 5,000 stores of this supermarket chain throughout the United States.
With more than 2,000 stores, supermarket chain Albertsons says it will set aside an hour earlier on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for Covid-19 vulnerable shoppers, including seniors and pregnant women. pregnant or people with weak immune systems. This is the recommended group of people to avoid leaving home as much as possible.
Beginning March 18, all Whole Food Market stores in the US and Canada will allow customers aged 60 and over to shop for an hour before opening to the general public. This super chain is owned by Amazon, which has about 500 stores across the UK, Canada and in 42 US states.
“We will take this time to help customers identified by the national health agency as one of the most vulnerable group with Covid-19, feeling more comfortable shopping at their supermarkets. This will also help ensure they can get the items they need in a less crowded environment, “said a representative from Whole Foods.
The Dollar General supermarket chain does the first 1 hour every day at more than 16,000 stores in 44 states for older shoppers.
A number of small and convenience store chains are also offering solutions, although they do not require identification and encourage other groups of customers to wait patiently.
However, some experts say they are concerned about a large number of seniors gathering together. Alysa Krain, an infectious disease doctor who specializes in geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Perelman, told the Washington Post that special hours worried her.
“This is a good idea in general, but it is a bit dangerous if it is not controlled,” Krain told the Washington Post.