MASSACHUSETTS - Grocery chain Stop and Shop have announced they are implementing a host of restrictions in order to cope with the demands of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“In order to allow more time for our associates to unload deliveries, stock shelves, and better serve you throughout the day, we are adjusting our hours to 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at most stores beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice,” the chain said in a news release.

They normally stay open until 10 or 11 p.m., but the new initiative will allow them to restock items and keep their stores as hygienic as possible. 

“Stop & Shop is continuing to maintain high levels of hygiene and sanitation in its stores and online operations,” they said in the release. “We’re also taking additional measures during this time, which include wiping down checkout areas including the belts and pin pads with disinfectant even more frequently.”

Online pick up will also be suspended barring further notice. 

Finally, starting Thursday Stop and Shop is establishing hours only for people above 60 years of age. From 6-7:30 a.m. every morning, the store will only be open for customers who are over the age of 60. 

“Stop & Shop is making the decision to allow community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing,” the company said. 

These are all radical moves aimed at keeping their staff and community safe. Please check with your local Stop and Shop, as store restrictions may vary across the state. 

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