Coronavirus: Senior shopping hours not going as planned

Some seniors worried about younger shoppers

ORLANDO, Fla. – Several local grocers have set aside their early morning hours to allow seniors -- who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19 -- to shop without the big crowds but News 6 has discovered that younger residents are going to the stores at that time as well.

For Publix, senior hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Winn-Dixie does its senior hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. while Walmart has reserved 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for the elderly.

At the Winn-Dixie in East Orange County’s Waterford Lakes community, several young people were seen walking into the store during senior hours.

The same thing happened at Publix on University Boulevard in Orlando.

When questioned, most of the younger shoppers said it wasn't intentional, they just didn't know about the specialized hours.

But some seniors, who are self-quarantining themselves and trying to stay away from younger people to minimize the risk of contracting coronavirus, said it scares them.

"I don't think they're aware of the danger," one senior shopper said.

Another senior said younger shoppers who don’t respect the designated shopping hour are putting seniors at risk.

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