A growing number of local stores in North Hudson are opening for senior citizens only for specific hours during the coronavirus outbreak.
Most businesses have been ordered closed as a result of executive orders aimed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Businesses still open to the public include grocery stores, pharmacies, medical marijuana dispensaries, medical supply stores, gas stations, convenience stores, ancillary stores within healthcare facilities, hardware stores, banks, and restaurants for take-out and delivery only.
On March 25, Gov. Murphy expanded the list to include mobile phone retail and repair shops, bicycle shops only for service and repair, livestock feed stores, nurseries, garden centers, and farming equipment stores.
While those businesses may be open, residents who visit can still contract or spread COVID-19 to other residents even with social distancing and other preventative measures in place. And senior citizens are among the most vulnerable segments of the population.
North Bergen senior citizen hours
The Food Bazaar at 1425 Kennedy Blvd. is open every day for senior citizens only from 7 to 8 a.m.
The ShopRite of Columbia Park at 3147 Kennedy Blvd. is open from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays only for seniors.
The Walmart on 2100 88th St. is open to seniors only from 6 to 7 a.m. through April.
The Target on 7101 Tonnelle Ave. has dedicated Wednesdays for seniors only from 8 to 9 a.m.
Other North Hudson locations
The Whole Foods in Weehawken at 1400 Waterfront Terrace offers senior citizens only shopping from 7 to 8 a.m. every day
In West New York, the ACME at 19 Avenue at Port Imperial offers senior citizen hours from 7 to 9 a.m. every day.
The Dollar General in Union City at 2010 Kennedy Blvd. operates seniors only hours from 7 to 8 a.m. every day.
In nearby Edgewater, Target, at 543 River Road, is open from 8 to 9 a.m. for seniors only on Wednesdays. The Whole Foods at 905 River Road offers seniors only hours from 8 to 9 a.m. every day. The ACME at 481 River Road offers seniors only hours from 7 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Some stores allow other vulnerable populations during certain hours, such as pregnant women or individuals with underlying health concerns. Contact the stores for more details.
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