In an attempt to provide a safer environment for those most vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 virus, Walmart stores in Madison and Ridgeland are hosting designated shopping times for customers aged 60 or older.

Walmart announced Monday it would host senior citizens only from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. This is one hour before the store opens to the general public and the pharmacy and vision centers will be open for emergency and essential needs only.

Last week, the company announced that its U.S. locations would cut back their normal operation from 24 hours a day to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The variance in the commercial giant’s hours is expected to last until April 28, but could be extended past that date if its deemed necessary.

Other steps the company has taken in the face of the global pandemic include limiting the amount of goods shoppers can purchase on items like paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, baby formula and baby food.

“I think every one of us has had to adjust our daily routines in some way,” Walmart Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dacona Smith said. “And that’s likely that could continue. We are paying very close attention to our stores and communities and will continue making the necessary changes to help make sure our associates are taken care of and that our customers can get what they need.

“Let’s all take care of each other out there.”