DC-Area Grocery Stores Offer Special Hours for Those Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Giant, Safeway and more stores are setting aside time when people at risk of more serious coronavirus complications can shop

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Some grocery chains in the D.C. area are offering special shopping hours for seniors, people with compromised immune systems and others who should take social distancing most seriously.

Older adults and people who have underlying conditions, including heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, should take extra precautions against the novel coronavirus, health officials warn.

Special store hours allow those people to shop with smaller crowds and after the store has been cleaned overnight.

Check your local store hours before heading out.

Giant Food

Customers 60 and older, as well as those with compromised immune systems, can shop 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. Regular store hours for everyone else.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter has not yet announced any special hours. Stores will close daily at 9 p.m. so employees can restock and clean.


Special two hour shopping window on Tuesdays and Thursdays for senior citizens, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Check local store for hours.

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's hasn't announced special shopping hours. All stores are set to be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Walmart has adjusted hours for all stores, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Tuesdays from March 28 to April 28, the stores will host special shopping times for customers age 60 and older. They can come to the store one hour before it opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will be open at that time.


Wegmans is on adjusted hours. Stores in Virginia will open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Stores in Maryland will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Whole Foods

Check local stores for adjusted hours. Customers 60 and older can shop one hour before opening.

Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's

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