Like many other places in the world, the Bay Area is currently in a shelter in place, telling everyone that they must stay inside except for essential activities like food, exercise, and doctors’ appointments. All restaurants are only providing take out and local businesses are losing money fast, making it extremely difficult for the elderly to get groceries or day-to-day supplies like toilet paper. Officials recommend all people over 65 are highly recommended stay inside and not leave their house under any circumstance. This directly affects Rossmoor and other elderly living homes. How are the elderly supposed to get food when they aren’t allowed to leave their houses? Elderly homes are also not letting people inside that are not currently living there.
However, some groups seek to help the elderly during this time. For example, Zanotto’s Markets in the Bay Area committed itself to helping the elderly in this time by creating a “senior hour” at 8 AM to 9 AM, reserved to seniors only. This act may inspire bigger markets and stores in Walnut Creek like Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods to do the same.