Woolworths Has Elderly and Disabled-Only Shopping Hour Every Day During Coronavirus Crisis

Woolworths Elderly-Only Shopping Hour

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The increasing threat of COVID-19 has sparked “panic-buying” in supermarkets all over the world. Despite retailers' attempts to keep shelves stocked, many can’t keep up with the demand, as people continue to hoard essential items such as tinned goods, dried pasta, and toilet paper. This leaves the more vulnerable members of society unable to buy what they need. Thankfully though, Woolworths stores in Australia decided to create a dedicated shopping hour (7am to 8am) for the elderly and disabled, giving them the time and space they need before crowds of regular shoppers arrive.

The new opening hours began today (March 16, 2020), and will continue until at least March 20. “This temporary measure will give [the elderly], and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before our stores officially open—helping them obtain the essential items they need most in a less crowded environment,” says Managing Director of Woolworths Claire Peters. “We continue to encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in our communities who might need extra help at this time.”

Woolworths’ new initiative is an example of how communities can come together during a crisis. Hopefully, other supermarkets across the world will soon follow suit. Peters says, “Now—more than ever—we need to be kind to each other.”

In order to manage supermarket crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, Woolworths stores now have a dedicated shopping hour for the elderly and disabled.

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h/t: [7News]

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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