LA Passes Ordinance Requiring Food Stores Devote 1st Hour of Business to Elderly and Disabled

Jacquie Cadorette
March 29, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Los Angeles will now require retail food stores like supermarkets and convenience stores to devote the first hour of business every day to the elderly, disabled, and those who care for them. 

The ordinance was passed during a City Council meeting on Friday and now awaits the signature of the mayor. Many retailers had already voluntarily implemented these guidelines last week, but the ordinance will make them standard across the board. 

"The ordinance defines any retail food store as a grocery store and convenience store that primarily sells canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and poultry," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Costco is also included in the ordinance along with any "membership-only warehouse club." The city defines elderly as anyone who is 60 and above. 

Smaller stores (less than 2,500 square feet) are exempt from the guidelines while stores between 2,500 and 10,000 sqaure feet are required to abide by the new rules at least three days a week. Larger stores must abide by the rules every day.