These stores are setting aside time for their elderly, disabled customers

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Stores across the nation are allowing customers to shop early with concerns for elderly and people with compromised immune systems being vulnerable to COVID-19.

Carmen Zamora shops at Northgate González Market on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Santa Ana, Calif. In light of the coronavirus concerns the Northgate market chain opened it's stores one hour early for seniors 65-years and older and disabled. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Festival Foods is altering hours to respond to the changing COVID-19 situation. Starting Wednesday, March 18, locations previously open 24 hours will close early and open at 5 a.m. This is to allow staff time to sanitize and stock products.

The stores in Baraboo, Paddock Lake, Portage, Madison, Mauston and Fort Atkinson will still open at 6 a.m., will close at 9 p.m. The store in Hales Corner will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In a press release, Festival Foods staff encouraged elderly people and those with a compromised immune system to shop between 5 and 7 a.m.

Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell also stated the following:

"We’ll reduce hours and close all stores by 9 p.m. daily. This will help us as we replenish and deeply clean our stores for our guests. And it builds on measures we shared earlier this month, including enhanced cleaning and more staffing for in-demand services that support social distancing, like Order Pickup and Drive Up.

We’ll also reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns."

On March 16, Dollar General's Facebook page state the following:

"Beginning Tuesday, March 17, we are strongly encouraging our first hour of operations be dedicated to our senior shoppers. Additionally, all stores will close an hour earlier in order for employees to clean, restock shelves as well as for their health and wellbeing."

Hy-Vee announced Wednesday it will set aside the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. hour every day for the customers it considers “high-risk.”

Its pharmacies too, including the ones at its grocery stores, Mainstreet locations, Dollar Fresh stores, and Hy-Vee Drugstores, will open early so customers can get their prescriptions filled during that time as well.

Tim Metcalfe, President of Metcalfe's Market, asks the community to allow the first hour of the shopping day at Metcalfe's locations be reserved for at-risk people as well as first responders and health community, so they can shop in a less crowded space.

That reserved hour is from 7 am - 8 am every day of the week.

Pick 'n Save and Metro Market

Beginning Friday March 20, all Pick 'n Save and Metro Market stores in Wisconsin is designating special shopping hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. everyday for those most at risk for COVID-19.

“Pick ‘n Save, and Metro Market are committed to help support the shopping needs of the elderly in our community by providing a less crowded shopping environment," said Roundy's Division President Michael Marx. "we are reserving shopping time for the elderly and those with underlying health concerns who must leave home to obtain their groceries. This will help them avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods. We encourage our customers to respect these designated store hours for seniors and to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.”