Iowa Fareway stores reserve early-bird shopping for seniors

BOONE, Iowa- Fareway stores are making some adjustments, in light of the COVID-19 virus. Fareway plans to change hours, opening at 8 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. to allow employees more time to re-stock and clean stores.

The first hour of business will be reserved for customers over age 65, pregnant women, and those with health issues that may make them more susceptible to complications from the virus.

Fareway officials say they've also activated internal protocols, which include increased sanitation measures, store-cleaning frequency, and the availability of hand sanitizer and wipes, among other measures.

Grocery stores have been very busy across the country and in Iowa in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain products, including toilet paper and disinfecting products, have been in very high demand, from customers concerned about availability. Federal and state officials have urged customers not to hoard products, and some stores have placed limits on the quantity of high demand products sold per customer.

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