Woolworths allots exclusive shopping hour for pensioners, disabled

Woolworths allots exclusive shopping hour for pensioners, disabled

"This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before stores officially open - helping them obtain the essential items they need in a less crowded environment".

Following scenes of panic buying for items such as toilet paper in Australia and elsewhere, Woolworths, the country's largest supermarket chain, chose to set aside one hour a week to allow only those with disabilities or aged over 60 to enter.

Coles has "temporarily suspended" home delivery and click-and-collect for the majority of its customers in a bid to free up resources for those who are vulnerable or live in isolated locations.

"[We] encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in our communities who might need extra help at this time".

It follows a similar decision by Woolworths over the weekend to stop taking online orders for same day delivery and pick-up in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. "Now, more than ever, we need to be kind to each other, especially to those most vulnerable", said Peters.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause and a further announcement about this will be made in the coming days", the spokesperson said.

The company is employing 5,000 additional casual workers to help restock shelves and serve customers.

Coles in Chatswood, on Sydney's Lower North Shore has had its shelves stripped bare.

Coles CEO Steven Cain says they will continue to look at a range of options to support customers.

Australia's toilet paper saga has taken another turn with security guards reportedly tasked to monitor the loo roll aisle at some supermarkets.

Cain also called for customers to respect staff and to be patient in long queues.

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