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Image from Calandro's Supermarket, Inc. Instagram, @calandrosmkt, on March 18, 2020. 

Grocery stores across America are dedicating time for elderly and vulnerable shoppers to buy their groceries amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Many stores across Baton Rouge are participating in these changes.

Dollar General began senior hours March 17 by dedicating the first hour the store is open to elderly shoppers.

Starting March 18, Whole Foods allows customers 60 and older to shop one hour before the stores open to the general public.

Also, starting March 18, Target will dedicate the first hour of opening every Wednesday to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

Every Tuesday, Walmart will dedicate the hour before opening to shoppers 60 and older from March 24 to April 28.

The Fresh Market urges shoppers at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 to shop between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Both Calandro’s locations in Baton Rouge are allowing customers 60 and older to shop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day. The changes were posted on Instagram yesterday. 

Many of these locations are also closing earlier to restock shelves and keep the public safe by cleaning the store.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention urges older adults to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Adults 60 and older are at a higher risk of contracting the virus and must seek medical help immediately if they develop any symptoms.