Publix, Walmart launch senior shopping hours due to COVID-19

Due to health concerns for vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix and Walmart announced Thursday stores will hold seniors only shopping hours.

Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 to 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24, and continue until further notice. Publix Pharmacy will also open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve our senior population.

Walmart is offering special shopping hours from March 24 through April 28. Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

In Navarre and Tiger Point, the senior hour will be between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.

According to the CDC, individuals over the age of 65 are at increased risk of complications from the coronavirus.

The announcements come on the heels of a similar service being launched by Dollar General stores across the country. Dollar Generals have requested that the first hour after opening be reserved for senior shoppers and non-senior customers are asked to do their shopping at a different time of day.

Grocery store chains like Publix and Walmart have also begun closing earlier to allow for additional cleaning and disinfection of high traffic areas. Walmart has also announced per customer product limits on including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

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