WEST ORANGE, NJ — Grocery stores in West Orange and surrounding towns are beginning to announce opportunities for senior citizens, who are reportedly the most susceptible to contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19, to do their food shopping without fear of overcrowding.

Some stores are offering “seniors only” shopping hours, where only those 60 years and older will be permitted inside the store, while others are also implementing delivery services.

Both ShopRite of West Orange (Essex Green) and ShopRite of Livingston announced on Wednesday that they are now offering “seniors only” shopping from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. as well as delivery services through ShopRite from Home.

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Since deep cleaning typically occurs after closing time, this will allow seniors to shop during the store’s most sterile hour of the day. Regular store hours will resume from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Whole Foods Market, located at 235 Prospect Ave in West Orange, is also offering a “seniors only” hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily. Regular store hours will resume from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.