Ketchikan supermarkets plan to keep special hours twice per week for at-risk populations who need to shop but want to limit their potential exposure to coronavirus.
The Safeway in downtown Ketchikan is restricting its supermarket to people most vulnerable to coronavirus from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Alaskan & Proud Markets markets in Ketchikan and Thorne Bay will be exclusively open to seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. That starts next week and will be from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
A&P’s CEO Ben Williams says his stores are also asking that people with cold- or flu-like symptoms stay home. He’s also asking people in self-isolation to avoid the store.
“Let us and the rest of the community try to find ways so that we can get them their services and their goods without them taking unnecessary risks or exposing other people,” Williams said.
He says customers with symptoms or who are otherwise unable to leave their homes should contact their local A&P or Lighthouse Grocery to arrange other options.