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Lunds & Byerlys: First hour after opening is for those at high risk from COVID-19

The Twin Cities grocery chain is also reducing its hours to ensure stores are fully stocked.
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Twin Cities grocery chain Lunds & Byerlys has changed its hours in response to the coronavirus, and wants to make the first hour after opening specifically for those at high-risk from the disease.

The Twin Cities grocery chain announced its stores will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, reducing hours to "help ensure the well-being of our staff, replenishment of our products and an even deeper cleaning of our stores."

What's more, it's asking customers to observe its new policy that the first hour of business, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., be reserved for those who are most at risk from COVID-19.

This includes older adults and those with compromised immune systems.

This idea has been floated on the internet in recent days, but to our knowledge L&B is the first Minnesota grocery chain to enact such a policy.

"In doing so, our intent is to provide an opportunity for those individuals to be the first to shop after our overnight cleaning and stocking so they have increased access to essential products," it said.

"We continue to partner with our suppliers and find additional suppliers, when necessary, to keep our shelves stocked with products to the absolute best of our abilities."

Furthermore, the chain has said it's closing its self-serve food bars, while high-demand products such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, bottled water, gloves, and tissue are being limited to two per customer.

"We will continue to offer a wide variety of grab-and-go offerings, including packaged hot foods, salads, sandwiches and Ready To Heat meals."

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