Dollar General, Food Town allocate first hour of operation as ‘elderly hour’ to help protect older shoppers

As supermarkets frantically work to restock shelves and calm panicked shoppers, some stores are taking steps to protect older and vulnerable customers who may be at the greatest risk from the novel coronavirus.

The pandemic has killed more than 6,500 people worldwide and officials around the world are taking dramatic steps to limit large groups and encourage "social distancing" in hopes of limiting the spread of the disease.

In the Houston area

Dollar General

Dollar General announced that starting Tuesday, it is “strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus."

“Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open,” the retail chain wrote in a release.

All stores will close one hour before it’s regular closing time. You can find the hours of your local Dollar General store here.

Food Town