ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — We’re all supposed to be social distancing, but it’s not always easy to avoid crowds – especially at stores packed with panicked shoppers clearing out the shelves.

For younger generations, it’s an unavoidable risk. We all have to eat. But for older Americans, it’s potentially a life-threatening reality.

The Centers for Disease Control says COVID-19 is more dangerous for older people and those with other serious medical conditions, so a growing number of companies are stepping up to help them avoid the crowds.

Here is a list of stores offering special ‘senior hours’:

  • Publix: Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 7 – 8 a.m.
  • Winn Dixie: Monday – Friday from 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Target: Wednesdays from 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Fresh Market: Monday – Friday from 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Dollar General: Monday – Friday from 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Walmart: Tuesdays from 6 – 7 a.m.

All of the ‘senior hours’ are scheduled for first thing in the morning. That means the stores will be freshly cleaned and sanitized, and shelves will hopefully be restocked.

Virus Outbreak Senior Shopping Hours
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

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