In the wake of COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, some local businesses and government entities are coming up with ways to help the public.
The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon that it will deliver groceries to people 60 or older, after the agency has confirmed that people have made an order and a phone payment with a local store. Deliveries will be made as personnel have time.
To arrange a delivery, contact the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office at 575-624-6500 or Sheriff Mike Herrington at 575-626-8915.
Shopping hours for ‘at-risk’ groups
Numerous retailers have altered their hours to allow for store cleanings and restockings, but at least two also have allotted time in their stores specifically for the elderly or others considered to have increased health risks.
The three Farmer’s Market grocery stores in Roswell, as well as Farmer’s Markets in Portales, will open an hour early, starting at 6 a.m., to allow the elderly an hour to shop by themselves, said store manager Gary McWhorter. The stores will open for normal business at 7 a.m.
At this time, only the elderly — not people in other high-risk groups — will be allowed to shop as an exclusive group from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., McWhorter said.
The two Albertsons Market stores in Roswell also are allowing shopping until 9 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays exclusively for those considered to be at special risk, which includes people 60 or older and those with “compromised immune systems,” according to a press release from the United Family of Stores, the parent organization for Albertsons and other food stores.
Free internet access
Cable, phone and internet provider Sparklight will make a public Wi-Fi hotspot available in Roswell at its office parking lot, 2005 S. Main St., for people who need to use the internet and email but do not have other access.
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