Scenes of shoppers hoarding toilet paper and other essential items, over fears of being locked down during the spread of coronavirus, while some of our most vulnerable citizens are left without, are heartbreaking. It’s equally heartbreaking to imagine seniors sitting home and doing without food or medicine because they’re afraid to go out in public, where they’ll be subject to large crowds. Seniors who contract coronavirus face the most severe consequences, including serious respiratory issues and death.

Two major chains have decided to take action to help protect seniors from contracting the potentially deadly virus.

Fox News reports – Stop & Shop is the latest grocery store chain to set aside special hours for customers over 60 in a bid to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

The grocer, which has more than 400 locations across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island, announced that beginning Thursday, only customers in that age group will be allowed to shop in its stores between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

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“We’re making the decision to offer this every day of the week to allow for community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing,” the company’s president, Gordon Reid, said in a statement.

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