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SPECIAL PROVISIONS: Supermarkets implement priority hours for most vulnerable customers

 Published on: 22nd March 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

With shelves getting empty quite rapidly at local major shops, due to the panic buying fever as an effect of the COVID-19 outbreak, the people most affected are the elderly and the vulnerable.

To ensure they are still able to buy food during this crisis some supermarkets have took the decision to implement special opening times.

This was decided after many branches asked people to be mindful of others when stockpiling food.

If you are elderly, vulnerable or work for the NHS look at what provisions the following supermarkets are taking in place to help you during this unprecedented times.

Sainsbury’s has released a statement saying the first opening hour will be dedicated to vulnerable people.

Customers will now only be able to purchase a maximum of three of any grocery products and two of the most popular items.

Tesco has dedicated the 9am to 10am slot to vulnerable and elderly customers, it is also encouraging healthy customers to come into stores to buy groceries rather than online.

Asda will be opening at 9am for the general public, allowing the earlier hours from 6am to be used by elderly and disabled customers. The store has also put restrictions on the number of items people can buy, maximum amount being three of each item.

Marks and Spencers have dedicated the first hour of trading on Monday and Thursday to elderly and vulnerable people.

The first hour on Tuesday and Friday being instead for NHS and other emergency service workers.

Iceland stores will be opening every morning for an hour exclusively to the old and vulnerable.

Morrisons is implementing shorter opening hours, with closings at 8pm. The 9am to 10am timing will be for the elderly and vulnerable people, from Monday to Saturday.

Waitrose is instead dedicating the first hour of opening every day.For ALDI and Lidl check your local stores.


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