The grocery store chain Albertsons has announced it will be "reserving" a portion of morning hours at its stores two days a week for "at-risk" shoppers.
The new policy was announced Tuesday in a note posted to the company's main Facebook page.
The hours for at-risk shoppers are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The new hours are going into effect as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new hours will be implemented at all Albertsons stores, including those in Montana, beginning this Thursday, according to Kathy Holland, a communications and public relations representative for Albertsons Companies Intermountain Division.
The new hours will also be implemented at Safeway stores in Montana, according to Holland.
"During those times, we ask that you avoid shopping so that the stores can be available for senior citizens, and other at-risk members of our community such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems," the company announcement says.
Target officials said all of its U.S. stores will also take measures to ensure elderly customers and those with underlying health conditions have access to stocked shelves amid a wave of panic-buying caused by the coronavirus.
Beginning Wednesday, the first hour of shopping every Wednesday will be reserved for “vulnerable guests,” according to a press release from the retail giant. Target stores will also be closing early each day, at 9 p.m. local time, so employees can clean and restock the stores.
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