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Local Grocers & Retailers Reduce Hours; Regional Malls Closing

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Shopping centers around the region are closing down, some by order and others out of caution in the wake of the novel coronovirus pandemic. 
 
Lee Prime Outlets is closed until March 29.
 
TJMaxx/HomeGoods/Marshalls stores are closed globally for two weeks, along with the companies' online ordering and distribution centers.  
 
Dick's Sporting Goods and related stores are closed until April 2 but online ordering and curbside pickup are available between 9 and 6 daily.
 
The Holyoke Mall was ordered closed by Mayor Alex Morse on Tuesday along with other retailers in the city with the exception of grocers and pharmacies.
 
Governors in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey have ordered the closure of all indoor portions of businesses such as malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys. Gov. Cuomo in New York has made this effective Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. and includes Crossgates and Colonie malls. 
 
Massachusetts has NOT made closures mandatory; local officials and/or store owners and mangers are making these decisions at this time.
 
Large stores remaining open have reduced their hours and some have set aside shopping hours for those most vulnerable to COVID-19 such as the elderly, immuno-compromised and, in some stores, first-responders.
  • Target will close at 9 p.m. daily and reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for vulnerable patrons. 
  • Stop & Shop will be open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 a.m. for vulnerable patrons. Salad bar is closed. 
  • Price Chopper/Market 32 will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and at 6 a.m. for vulnerable patrons.
  • Big Y will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and at 7 a.m. for vulnerable patrons. Soup and self-serve bars are closed; prepackaged foods still available. 
  • Walmart is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please check with your local store, which may have different hours. 
  • Aldi is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily but some stores may vary those hours to allow for cleaning and stocking.
  • Guido's Fresh Marketplace will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Sunday, March 22, and at 9 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays for vulnerable patrons. It will no longer accept product returns.
  • Ocean State Job Lots has not done a chain-wide change in hours but is limiting patron purchases on certain essential items such as cleaning and personal care.
  • Adam's Hometown Markets has reserved 7 to 8 a.m. for vulnerable patrons and first-responders.
  • Hannaford has suspended its online Hannaford To Go service until April.
A number of these retailers have noted on their websites that there is a scarcity of certain products and that they are trying to fill their shelves as fast as possible. Please do not hoard products to ensure everyone can get what they need.  
 
Many smaller stores have also reduced hours or closed so call ahead or check their websites for more information.

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.
 
COVID-19 has challenged people to find new ways to stay active while practicing social distancing and local trail volunteer Cosmo Catalano, Jr said although folks are encouraged to stay home, common sense needs to be used to maintain social distancing. 
 
"The AT, along with other trails on public lands provides an important resource for people to get outdoors in a healthy way," he said. "With care and common sense, it's relatively easy for people to maintain appropriate social distance and enjoy the outdoors."
 
Catalano said the trail organization structure is complicated and is organized by a number of entities. In Massachusetts about half the trail is on state forest lands managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The other half is on lands managed by the National Park Service.
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