Two retailers are reserving shopping time for those who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Dollar General announced that as of March 17, the first hour of operation will be dedicated to senior customers:

Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.


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.

Dollar General also says they'll be closing stores one hour earlier than current close times so employees are able to clean and re-stock store shelves.

In a release, Target shared they'll be dedicating the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Until further notice, Target stores will be closing at 9p.m to replenish shelves and deep clean each night.

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