GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (Meredith) -- Dollar General announced it had plans to dedicate the first hour of store operations each day to senior shoppers in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Beginning Tuesday, Dollar General is encouraging the first open hour of their stores to be dedicated specifically for the shopping needs of its older customers. Elderly citizens are part of a group who have been deemed more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus by health officials.

Dollar General storefront

Dollar General said in a Monday press release it wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to buy the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid the potential crowds that show up later in the day. The company is encouraging its younger customers to plan their shopping trips around this first hour.

Dollar General also said it plans to close its stores one hour earlier than the current closing time. The additional hour will provide employees to clean and re-stock the stores, as well as address their own health and well-being.

Normal operating hours at Dollar General stores vary. You can visit Dollar General’s store locator to find out what hours a certain store is open.

Supermarket chains around the world have begun setting aside their morning hours for the elderly as a way of preventing them from contracting the virus. 

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