With fear of the continuing spread of COVID-19, officials in the U.S. are expressing concern for seniors, who appear to be especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. Now grocery stores are trying to do what they can to help support older shoppers.
A number of businesses in Southern California are opening early for elderly people so they can avoid the crowds that have recently inundated major retailers and local chains.
In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for those 65 or older to isolate themselves at home. Ventura County authorities went a step further by ordering local residents over 75 to shelter in place.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health commended the retailers' decision to help out. But the agency underscored that the best way for seniors to remain healthy during the outbreak is to have medications, food and other supplies taken to their residence either by delivery services or family members.
Seniors who still need to leave their home for groceries and other items can take advantage of the special hours offered by the following stores:
Albertsons, Vons, Safeway and Pavilions: Every Tuesday and Thursday, grocery stores operated by Albertsons Companies will only serve vulnerable community members from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Click the following links for further information on each store: Albertsons, Pavilions, Safeway and Vons.
Baldwin Park stores: El Super, Grocery Outlet, Smart & Final, Superior Grocers and Target will let seniors shop early on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to the Baldwin Park Police Department.
Clark’s Nutrition: The local chain, which has locations in Chino, Loma Linda, Rancho Mirage and Riverside, will open 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. exclusively for seniors and other people who have a disability through March 19. The rest of the public can shop at the stores after 9 a.m.
Erewhon: The organic grocery chain, which has locations in Fairfax, Calabasas, Santa Monica, Venice and Pacific Palisades, opens to seniors and others with compromised immunity from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. starting March 18.
Gelson’s Markets: Starting March 18, people 65 and over can shop from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The rest of the public can start shopping at 8 a.m.
Grocery Outlet in Altadena: The discount store on 2270 Lake Ave. opens to shoppers 60 and over from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. starting March 19.
Super A Foods: The Southern California chain opens for seniors 65 years and older at 7 a.m. before the general public hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The company has locations in Bell Gardens, Fillmore, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Montebello, South Gate and Temple City.
Target: The retail giant announced that beginning March 18, locations will open an hour early every Wednesday for “vulnerable shoppers.” The stores open to the general public at their normal times but close early daily at 9 p.m.
Temecula stores: Organic Roots at 40458 Winchester Road opens early to seniors from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m, while Tom's Farms at 3900 Temescal Canyon Road opens to anybody 55 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Temecula officials said. The CVS located at 31771 Rancho California Road is offering free delivery. The city's senior center can be reached at 951-694-6464 for further information.
Vallarta Supermarkets: Effective March 18, the chain’s dozens of locations across the state open between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors 65 years old and over, pregnant women and people who have a disability. Click here for a list of locations.