St. Louis grocery store announces 'senior shopping hour' to protect some from coronavirus

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One of Fields Foods' locations in the St. Louis area is starting "senior shopping hour" every morning to help protect some of its shoppers during the coronavirus pandemic.

At only the Lafayette Square location, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. only customers over the age of 60 will be allowed to shop. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases told AARP that older adults are "twice as likely to develop serious outcomes versus otherwise younger, healthier people." 

The company says in a press release Senior Shopping Hour will take place "until further notice." 

Another new policy at all Fields Foods stores is they will limit the number of certain items that can be purchased per customer, primarily cleaning and disinfecting products, bottled water and paper products. Those items will be identified with signage at the store.

Fields Foods owner Chris Goodson says he wants people over the age of 60 in the area to have a place to feel comfortable to shop.

"This is uncharted territory," Goodson says. "And we thought this was a good opportunity."

Other grocery stores in the St. Louis area are shortening customer hours in an effort to keep shelves stocked as best they can, like Schnucks who will close most stores at 10 p.m. and even the 24-hour stores will close at midnight. 

Update regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak - Please be advised and take caution.

— Fields Foods (@FieldsFoods) March 15, 2020

KMOX's Brian Feldman contributed to this report

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