Letter: Better grocery store hours for elderly

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To the editor:

I have a suggestion on how to improve the current shopping hours at local grocery stores for people 65 years and older. This accounts for approximately 23 percent or 549,186 of the population in Berkshire County based on 2017 numbers.

As we strive to adhere to the rules and regulations that are changing on a daily basis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some concerns that as a community, we may be able to address if we work together.

We need to realize that the stores need time to clean and restock, a process that usually occurs after hours or overnight. At this time, there is a significant amount of inconsistency among stores. Some stores are only allowing elderly and few other specific groups into their stores early in the morning. Other stores have no restrictions at all, which puts the elderly at risk since that is not allowing for sufficient social distancing.

A solution might be to have the elderly and people that have underlying illnesses shop on EVEN (= ELDERLY making easy for everyone to remember) days of the month from opening to maybe 9am and all other shoppers go on odd days of the month. This gives everyone an equal opportunity to get to the store while it is freshly cleaned and stocked and promotes social distancing. Remember to stay at least 6 feet from others while out in the community. Lastly, when you get home make sure you wash your hands.

We are all in this together. Let's work as a group to help each other get through this difficult time and stay healthy.

Richard Hall,




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