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S. Brooklyn Electeds Call on Mayor to Implement Special Grocery Hours for Vulnerable Populations

Rose, Gounardes, Abbate, Frontus, Treyger join in calling for NYC to implement policies that have been enacted by stores around the world to protect seniors, immunocompromised from coronavirus

Brooklyn, March 16, 2020

Congressman Max Rose, State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Assembly Members Peter Abbate Jr. and Mathylde Frontus, and Councilmember Mark Treyger today called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to implement special hours at grocery stores and pharmacies specifically for vulnerable populations like seniors and those who are immunocompromised. The South Brooklyn elected officials issued the following joint statement:


“As we enter into the new normal of social distancing to contain the spread of coronavirus, we must be acutely aware of the challenges faced by our most vulnerable populations. It is particularly difficult for seniors and those with underlying health conditions to safely purchase necessary food and groceries to make it through this challenging time. That’s why we’re calling on the Mayor to enforce special hours for seniors and immunocompromised individuals to shop without fear of crowded stores and empty shelves. This has been implemented elsewhere around the country and world to great success, and believe it should happen here in New York City as well.”


Grocery stores both in the United States and around the world have already implemented specific shopping hours for seniors and immunocompromised customers.