Lidl to introduce priority shopping hours for elderly and vulnerable people

17 Mars, 2020, 04:50 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

Supermarket chains across the country are implementing priority shopping hours for the elderly due to the coronavirus.

"We're glad to have some additional resource to try and tackle it and the Executive has to sit down, discuss where the priority needs for those resources are and to try and allocate them as best we can to try and meet the challenge ahead of us".

She said after meeting representatives from various sectors, including banking, she said it was good to see that banks are willing to be flexible and work with their customers.

"We may not be able to actively monitor this at all times as our store teams are required on checkouts and restocking shelves, so we kindly ask that customers respect this measure and plan their shopping trips around this timeframe".

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting this Wednesday, March 18, these customers will have dedicated access to all Tesco stores up to 9am. Depending on location, Tesco branches open at 7am or 8am.

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Tesco also announced it would be offering over 65-year olds and family carers a dedicated time for them to do their shopping in its 151 stores nationwide.

The retailer, which operates 27 stores here, said it will continue to operate as normal as possible over the coming days and weeks.

The retailer said that it has seen a high volume of customers in recent days and that it chose to focus on more vulnerable customers.

It asks that other customers respect this hour and "help to give time to this customer group so they can shop in comfort and safety".

Experts have warned the phenomenon has hit the most vulnerable the hardest, including the elderly and those with disabilities who can not get to shops every day or are afraid to fearless thronged stores. "This new way will keep us all safe and healthy".

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