Reserved Grocery Shopping Times for Seniors and Vulnerable During COVID-19 - San Diego
Contrary to what many think, there is plenty of food at the grocery stores amidst this Coronavirus Outbreak lock down. There is no need to hoard, really. Retailers generally ask you to take no more than 2 units per item so there is plenty left for everyone else and stores are receiving regular shipments of food and stocking up daily.
However, if someone has a higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19, and doesn't want to risk going grocery shopping with the masses, some Grocery Stores have added in special shopping times JUST for them! See which stores are participating and when below.
Some stores who have "senior" shopping hours may check IDs at individual locations, but it seems generally they don't check and just ask others who are healthy to do their shopping around these times. For other stores who don't have these special shopping times, some like individual Trader Joe's stores, may set up limited amounts of people into the store at any given time so you may have to wait outside for a bit.
Generally speaking, the unofficial rumor is that if you're healthy and don't have an elevated risk of complications do your shopping mid to late morning or afternoons and evenings instead to let those who are more vulnerable shop first thing in the morning; when the stores have been freshly cleaned and empty for the last 12 hours.
WHEN: Tuesday & Thursdays from 9am-10am
FOR: seniors 60+ years and those who are disabled
(no other members will be allowed inside during these times)
Vons, Albertsons, Safeway, Acme
WHEN: 7am-9am every Tuesday & Thursday morning
FOR: seniors, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems
WHEN: 1 hour BEFORE opening, All stores in the US & Canada
FOR: ages 60+ years
Trader Joe's (updated 3/3/20)
WHEN: 8-9am daily
FOR: 60+ years
The line forms outside before the store opens and they usually take the first 1/3 of the group and then rotate in 10 more people after 10 others have left. People wait about 20 minutes in line and the line dwindles down by 11:30/Noon usually but they still limit the number of people inside at once.
WHEN: 9am-10am daily
WHEN: 1st hour every Tuesday & Wednesday
FOR: elderly & vulnerable
WHEN: 1 hour BEFORE opening every Tuesday through April 28th
FOR: seniors 60+ years