Hannaford Brothers Company has announced that it is now encouraging shoppers who are 60 + and those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions, to shop early to avoid unnecessary exposure to this virus. Starting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, these shoppers will be able to come in between 6:00 am – 7:00 am. and shop.
Today the seafood department was (temporarily) closed down because it was out of all fish products – however, the chicken supply appeared to be almost back to normal. Some of the other items that have been scarce remain so.
Hannaford Brothers is trying to discourage the use of customers’ using bags brought into the store for their purchases. So, it has temporarily suspended charging customers for the use of plastic bags purchased in the store.
Because it was the weekend, there were more shoppers than there are week days. One of them was Emily Isaacson. Her cart was full to the top with fresh vegetables taking up a large part of her grocery list.
For more about Dr. Isaacson, please go to: Portlandbachexperience.com. Please also see posts herein dated February 18, 2020 and January 4, 2018 for more background information.
The Portland area has a large percentage of senior citizens, so this change is expected to be a significant one for many.
Note: Maine CDC is currently reporting 89 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Most of them 53, are in Cumberland County. There are no deaths reported in Maine. Nationally, there are 32,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 400 deaths as of this evening. New York State is considered the “hot space” of the country.