Smith’s Food and Drug announced Tuesday that its grocery stores will open exclusively for senior citizens from 7-8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning this week.

The move comes as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts daily life in Utah, the United States and a large swath of the planet, causing grocery stores to be inundated with shoppers and limiting necessary supplies.

Senior citizens have shown to be the most vulnerable age group to the novel coronavirus and there have been many cases in Utah and across the country of senior citizens struggling to find basic necessities at grocery stores.

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