Grocery stores designate hours for senior shoppers only

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Grocery stores across the country and the Hudson Valley are opening their doors early in an effort to allow seniors to shop away from the crowds amid coronavirus concerns.

The Stop & Shop in Tarrytown is just one of the stores which is designating the first hour and a half at the start of each day to senior shoppers.

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Officials say they are open for people 60 and older because that age range is in a vulnerable spot when it comes to the virus.

Since the virus is very contagious, and the CDC recommends limiting contact and practicing social distancing, and this allows those who are 60 and up to do just that.

There has also been a surge in fear-shopping with people swarming stores and clearing shelves of things like cleaning products and toilet paper.

“It's nice. I had to remember I qualified for that, but I was able to get in early yesterday and buy some things I needed and haven't been able to get like toilet paper, and it was very helpful,” says David Rose, of Tarrytown.

One complaint from shoppers is that the shelves are a bit bare, but overall they're happy stores like Stop & Shop are giving them the opportunity to beat the rush.

Officials stress that not every store is making these specialized hours available every day and that shoppers should check with their local stores for which days and what times those availabilities will be.  

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