Supermarkets announce extra shopping hours for vulnerable people
Due to increased demand, a number of supermarkets are making plans to ensure vulnerable people are able to access essential groceries.
Woolworths and Coles have introduced dedicated shopping times, from 7-8am Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for shoppers who are aged, have a disability or are a family and friend carer shopping on someone’s behalf. These extended trading hours will be reviewed weekly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
To participate in these dedicated shopping times, you will need a valid identity card (such as a Pensioner Concession Card or a Companion Card). Please check Woolworths and Coles’ websites to see which cards are valid. Both supermarkets are also rolling out priority home delivery to vulernable people who are unable to leave their homes.
Many supermarkets have basic essentials stored behind the front counter for purchase. It’s also a good idea to try contacting smaller local supermarkets, butchers, fruit and vegatable stores and chemists to see if they will home deliver.