CLOVIS (KSMX)- According to a news release from New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department, many have adjusted hours for grocery stores, typically opening early, to assist seniors and vulnerable individuals to beat the crowds and reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19, as the virus is more dangerous to the elderly and immunocompromised. Other reasons include many essential items being difficult for seniors to find. The early hours have the additional benefit of allowing seniors to shop while shelves are well stocked.
In the area the stores include:
Walmart locations – throughout New Mexico – Beginning on March 24 through April 28, Tuesdays (only) stores will open one hour early, for those 60 years of age or older.
Farmers Country Market – Roswell and Portales — Opening early, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM every day (except Sundays for Roswell locations), for seniors ages 60 years of age and older.
Dollar General – various New Mexico locations — Opening one hour early every day, for seniors.
Albertson’s and Safeway Markets – throughout New Mexico – Mondays and Thursdays (only), opening from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, for seniors and at-risk populations.
Big Lots – throughout New Mexico – Reserving first hour of every day for seniors and those most vulnerable to COVID-19 virus.
“Many older adults already face obstacles in day-to-day activities that many of us take for granted. In these particularly challenging times, we are grateful to our wonderful private sector community partners who are working extra hours to accommodate these more vulnerable populations for the good of our communities. They are a bright light and amazing resource as we navigate these unique circumstances,” said Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico ALTSD.