If you’re anything like me, two weeks ago your life was completely different. You probably had heard about all the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) talk taking place overseas and on-board the Princess Cruise Ship that was filled with quarantined passengers. None of us could have imagined a month ago that life was about to change so drastically and so quickly. Here in Maryland our governor has been working hard towards keeping Maryland residents safe. Schools are currently closed, our ports are closed, even casinos and entertainment venues are closed. I’m sure in the next few days, more and more places will be closing or adjusting their hours. Since Coronavirus seems to affect the elderly and people with certain preexisting medical conditions differently, a lot of precautions have been put in place to help protect these members of our community.
We’ve been limiting our time out of the house and here all restaurants have moved to drive-thru or take out only, however supermarkets and other stores still have had regular shopping hours. Recently I noticed a lot of stores with adjusted hours and there were a few that added a special hour for senior citizens. I figured it would be great to add those stores all in one place so people can easily find what stores are giving senior citizens a special shopping hour to help lower their risk to being exposed.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
Ollie’s is temporarily adjusting store hours to close at 8pm (Monday – Saturday), beginning Friday, March 20. In addition, 9am – 10am Monday – Saturday and 10am – 11am on Sunday has been designated shopping hours for Senior Citizens and those with compromised immune systems. Click on the store locator link to see if there is a store near you.
State Employee’s Credit Union
Effective Saturday, March 21st, SECU will be moving to appointment only with the following schedule:
Monday-Friday 10am-2pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. You click here to schedule an appointment. The following Financial Centers are closed for lobby interactions: UMCP, Annapolis West Street, Baltimore State Center (Preston Street), and Crofton. Interactive Tellers will be available to assist. All centers have self-service ATM’s to assist our members. To make an appointment visit www.secumd.org/covid-19.
In an effort to assist seniors who may have more difficulty conducting their banking, effective Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th all open branches will be available for appointments from 9am-10am to support their needs. SECU will also financial assistance programs for members. Visit their website to learn more about options available to members, including the ability to skip credit card payments.
Big Lots has committed to staying open and working hard to keep essential products like food, cleaning products, health care items, and more. The store is now offering curbside pickup to make getting your essentials more convenient while continuing social distancing. Visit their website to learn more about buying online and picking up in store. They are also reserving the first hour of each day for senior citizens shopping and those most vulnerable to the virus.
Target will reduce hours and close all stores by 9 p.m. daily. This is to help them replenish and deeply clean stores for guests. And it builds on measures they shared earlier this month, including enhanced cleaning and more staffing for in-demand services that support social distancing, like Order Pickup and Drive Up.
They have also reserved the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
Effective Friday, March 20, Giant Food of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will offer dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens 60-and-older and individuals with compromised immune systems. Every store in our operating areas will reserve 6:00-7:00 a.m., every day of the week for this vulnerable population to shop and practice social distancing. The stores will operate on regular hours of operation during all other times.
Giant Food’s home delivery service, Giant Delivers, is always available to you. You can request “contact-free delivery” to have your Giant Food driver leave your order on your doorstep with a courtesy doorbell ring upon arrival. If you want this service, enter this request under “special instructions” at online checkout, or call our online ordering Customer Care Center at 800-573-2763. You may also consider our Giant Pickup service as a quick and easy way to place your order and have it brought right out to your car at your local store. Visit giantfood.com to see options for your area.
Starting March 17, our store hours will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. This change will give their store teams additional time to restock the shelves and clean and sanitize stores. Due to overwhelming demand as the result of COVID 19 concerns, we have temporarily shutdown our Weis 2 Go online ordering with curbside pickup and home delivery. However you can continue to order at www.weismarkets.com/shipt. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As more stores share updates I’ll add them to this post. Please follow all suggestions for social distancing and remember when shopping to only purchase what you need and leave some for other shoppers.