The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread fears and some irrational behavior by some people. Panic buying has caused some retailers to create special hours for their senior clients to help them in getting the essentials they need.
The COVID-19 outbreak has yielded a response called panic buying from consumers who buy items in bulk to stock them up at home. Items that have been bought out include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, eggs, meat, cold and flu medicine, and so much more.
According to the medical community, the elderly and immuno-deficient individuals are some of the higher-risk people when it comes to dying from the virus. With panic buying going on, this vulnerable group has found themselves more exposed when going to retail stores.
Walmart Store sign uploaded on April 24, 2014 Photo: Wikimedia/Mike Mozart/JeepersMedia
So in response, some stores have created special shopping hours for the elderly to stock up on items without fear. Here’s a list of a few of the stores that have implemented this new policy:
Costco's stores revealed that they would accommodate members who are 60 years and older every Tuesday and Thursday. Senior citizens will be able to shop on those days from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. starting from March 24, 2020.
They began offering this service on March 17. The elderly can shop at their stores for the first hour when the shops open.
Kroger stores will accommodate “senior citizens, expectant mothers and first responders the opportunity to shop without the rush.” They advised people to get in touch with their local stores to find out about the early hours that were created for them.
Target will accommodate the elderly and “those with underlying health concerns” every Wednesday during the first shopping hour.
The retail giant announced, “an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older.” This new policy is set to start on March 24, 2020.
To see more stores that are offering this new policy, you can click here. The US has had to take strict measures to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Large gatherings of people have been restricted in many states and cities. In New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey all movie theaters, gyms, and casinos were shut down temporarily.
All restaurants and bars have been restricted to offering clients take-out only. Other events and gatherings that have been restricted can be seen here.
We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!