Woolworths announces special opening times for older shoppers

Woolworths leads the way, offering dedicated shopping times for the elderly and disabled.

older man shopping at a supermarket with empty shelves

Woolworths this morning announced special opening hours for older Australians.

From Tuesday until at least Friday between 7am and 8am, older and disabled people with a relevant concession card can shop exclusively at Woolworths stores. The aim is to help vulnerable Australians who have been unable to buy essential items such as toilet paper and tissues.

“While we’ll continue to do our very best to restock our stores during this period of unprecedented demand, we know many of our elderly customers have been missing out on essential items when they shop,” said Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters.

“This temporary measure will give them, 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.

“We continue to encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in our communities who might need extra help at this time. Now – more than ever – we need to be kind to each other, especially to those most vulnerable.

“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the revised opening hours.

“Woolworths Supermarkets will open to all customers from 8am. Access to the store prior to this time will require a relevant government-issued concession card.”

There have been calls for other supermarkets to follow Woolworths’ lead, with The Sunday Project host Lisa Wilkinson highlighting the plight of the vulnerable and fragile in our community.

“They will be feeling very scared right now and we need to put plans in place to ensure they are not left behind,” she said.

“Supermarket bosses, can I suggest you think about leaving that first hour of trade each day for the elderly and those with disabilities or those who can prove that they are shopping for them.

“No huge crowds, everything restocked and freshly cleaned – that is a no-brainer.”

Recent panic buying and hoarding of essential goods has also led to supermarkets changing policies.

Woolworths has halted its click and collect and its delivery services, while Coles has introduced a new two-pack-per-person limit on customers stockpiling mince.

Woolworths is concerned its pick-up service is facilitating panic buying by shoppers, also its ‘delivery now’ service which aims to deliver groceries within two hours.

Supermarkets are urging shoppers to “shop as they normally would” but to pick up a couple of extra items each time they shop, rather than stockpiling and depleting shelves. “There will be enough products for everyone,” said a Coles spokesperson, while a Woolworths spokeswoman said consumers should “only purchase what they need”.

Regardless, many frustrated shoppers are still unable to buy many essential items such as toilet paper, tissues, rice, pasta and hand sanitiser.

Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, told Insiders: “For most people, we don’t want to encourage panic buying at the moment”.

“I think it is probably sensible to have a few days of supplies,” he said.

Yet shelves continue to be emptied, making it especially difficult to buy tinned food, laundry detergent and powder, sanitary items and meat.

This may cause inconvenience for shoppers, and supermarket staff are bearing the brunt of shopper frustrations.

“Our team members are doing the very best they can during these challenging times and we ask our customers to remain respectful in our stores,” said a Woolworths spokesperson.

“The safety of our team members is our top priority and we do not tolerate aggressive or abusive behaviour towards them in any circumstance.”

The next few months will be challenging for many, and it is hoped that Australians are up to the test.

“The true test of a society and who we are as a people is how we respond in a crisis,” said Ms Wilkinson.

Time to see what we’re made of.

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    Troubadour
    16th Mar 2020
    11:03am
    That's fine and commendable, but many older shoppers who no longer drive will not be able to get to the shops at those times, as they rely on Community Volunteer drivers or family, who work.
    Anonymous
    16th Mar 2020
    11:13am
    I think it should be longer than one hour. Many are not so spritely to get everything in one hour. Some of us have to shop for bedridden relatives or neighbors too.
    Mez
    16th Mar 2020
    11:16am
    EXACTLY!
    Tood
    16th Mar 2020
    11:30am
    good idea but the hours are not suitable for the majority.
    hyperbole
    16th Mar 2020
    2:40pm
    with the restrictions or how much you can purchase you will not be able to buy for others
    Waiting to retire at 70
    16th Mar 2020
    11:04am
    "older and disabled people with a relevant concession card"

    Define "older" please.

    Define "relevant concession card" please.
    Mez
    16th Mar 2020
    11:21am
    EXACTLY! ALSO PROPER CHECKING OF THOSE CARDS, TOO as there are many who will abuse them so PHOTO ID CARDS SHOULD BE USED BECAUSE AGE PENSION CARDS DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS so many may multi use them.
    Tood
    16th Mar 2020
    11:38am
    The problem is how many pensioners who do not drive have photo ID? Unfortunately pension cards do not have photos or DOB so yes they can be used by non eligible person which I expect will happen and is hard to police especially if relatives, friends, neighbours need to shop on the card holders behalf. Nothing appears to be rort free and the rorters will find a way.
    leek
    16th Mar 2020
    11:56am
    Itis not just for aged pensioners. It is for people with a concession card. That covers a wide range of "pensioners". The aged is the largest group by far, follow by disability, followed by carers. The people over the age of 60(might be younger) that have been on the dole for more than 9 months also get a Blue concession card.

    my daughter who has a disability was on Youth Allowance and she also got a blue concession card. She is now on the disability pension now. She only looks about 18, but she has the right to get up early and do her shopping.
    Nomad51
    16th Mar 2020
    12:45pm
    Very fluffy definitions of eligibility. What is a relevant concession card? As for older, older than what? So someone older (than ??) without a concession card then is ineligible. While the initiative is well meaning, it's not particularly well thought out. It is still unknown whether this will apply to all Woolies branches. According to the news a short while ago there is supposed to be a list on the Woolies web site. If anyone can find this list, good luck. Bit of a brain fart without a plan to make it work seamlessly!
    Arvo
    16th Mar 2020
    3:33pm
    It would be better to divide the floor space of food supermarkets one for general consumers and the other for elderly and concession card holders available at all trading hours.

    7am-8am is ridiculous.
    Chris B T
    16th Mar 2020
    9:17pm
    I believe it is to allow first choice of product after overnight replenishment.
    So when the store opens in morning at 7am instead of exclusive time at 10am or 12noon.
    There is product to be had.
    The only other way is holding stock back and giving it out on request and show card.
    Mootnell
    16th Mar 2020
    11:13am
    What an absolute joke. Do they even realise how long it takes some with disabilities to get ready for a day out, let alone organise transport. This is next to useless, why not close the doors an hour earlier to able bodied?
    Anonymous
    16th Mar 2020
    11:15am
    I agree,
    Tood
    16th Mar 2020
    11:43am
    Why not let them come anytime, establish their bone fides with a shopping list of what they need (the list of items in short/non supply will not be large) these can be handed out by staff and they can continue to shop for the other items at leisure.
    leek
    16th Mar 2020
    11:58am
    Mootnell- there would be nothing left at the end of the day, that is why they are doing it first thing in the morning
    hyperbole
    16th Mar 2020
    2:41pm
    as there is so much negativity about it I think they should just forget about it
    jayzaa
    16th Mar 2020
    11:13am
    They said pensioners and disabled
    leek
    16th Mar 2020
    12:00pm
    Pensioners is everybody with a Blue concession card. It covers a wide range of people.

    People on the Dole, who are deemed to not be able to work more than 15 hours a week get a "blue Concession card". Guess how many of them are out there! Quite a few.
    hyperbole
    16th Mar 2020
    2:43pm
    This is EXACTLY what they said...nothing about pensioners at all. This is what Woolworths said:

    "We’re launching a dedicated shopping hour in our stores to help support the needs of the elderly & people with disability in the community. From tomorrow until at least friday, we’ll be opening exclusively for them to shop from 7-8am, where permitted."
    Blinky
    16th Mar 2020
    11:24am
    Great idea, but make it permanent, not just until Friday.

    Well done Whollies!!!!
    101
    16th Mar 2020
    1:34pm
    Actually started by IGA last week
    Blossom
    17th Mar 2020
    9:05pm
    The Care Bear,
    All IGA Supermarkets are independently owned (by different people) so it not be the case with all of them
    Lescol
    16th Mar 2020
    11:34am
    Many seniors do NOT receive a pension & so????? Seems more like an advertising/marketing policy thought up on the spur of a moment! Sad when such action is needed. cheers
    Tood
    16th Mar 2020
    11:53am
    How OLD does an older person who is not receiving a pension have to be to qualify and what evidence do they have to present?. If they don't have any ID showing their DOB perhaps they need to bring their birth certificate. It's not going to as straight forward as Woolies hope.
    hyperbole
    16th Mar 2020
    2:44pm
    you do not have to be a pensioner only "elderly or people with a disability"
    Farside
    17th Mar 2020
    11:49am
    use your state issued seniors card if you feel the urge to join the early birds
    The Sheriff
    16th Mar 2020
    11:53am
    Well done, Woolworths. A major Supermarket chain has shown initiative to ensure the most vulnerable members of the community have the opportunity to stock up on limited products without competing with and being jostled by the panic merchants and hoarders.
    101
    16th Mar 2020
    1:35pm
    Actually started by IGA last week
    Ted Wards
    16th Mar 2020
    12:02pm
    the only ones this will affect is workers who only have that time to shop.
    Jenny
    16th Mar 2020
    12:07pm
    Those hours wouldn't work for me, sadly.
    Pass the Ductape
    16th Mar 2020
    4:33pm
    Sadly us also! We live out in the country a bit and are 1-1/2 hours drive from the nearest shop with those hours, which means to get there in time we need to get up at 5am and hopefully get ready to be on our way by 5.30am.
    Farside
    17th Mar 2020
    11:51am
    ditto Ductape, the online order service was appreciated, hopefully it resumes soon. Choices have consequences.
    cupoftea
    16th Mar 2020
    12:13pm
    It is a great idea but people the way they are now days will rort it and don't forget we are taught from the top
    Pass the Ductape
    16th Mar 2020
    4:35pm
    Yes - you got that spot on! never thought I'd see REAL Australians act the way they have in shops lately.

    16th Mar 2020
    12:26pm
    Many older people do not have concession cards so this is wrong in so many ways.
    hyperbole
    16th Mar 2020
    2:45pm
    I dont have one but I can shop between 7 and 8 a.m. Ia m "elderley"
    Mondo
    16th Mar 2020
    5:31pm
    Retiring Well, take a Seniors card and a walking stick, that should do the trick! The stick may have more uses at the moment than just getting into the supermarket.
    Louisa
    16th Mar 2020
    12:44pm
    Been around the elderly/disabled neighbours and others in the community, got their lists and will be there bright and sharp at 7am. I am in the older group just, but fit and capable. Will just have to take the bigger car... not a worry. I would encourage others who can to do the same in their community. It is time we came together people, to help each other as we did in the bushfires, and not try to deprive others of toilet paper etc. I have made it clear that I will shop for a few days of groceries for those I have lists from, not stockpiling for 2 months etc. I will go every couple todays if necessary so there are goods left on the shelves for others.
    rail worker
    16th Mar 2020
    1:04pm
    That's fine for the people who live in the cities and major towns where the supermarkets are. We live in a rural community of 200 people and the nearest place to shop or where a supermarket is located is at least 100km away. We can't get there at these hours. We would have to leave home at 5.45am and travel on roads that are teaming with kangaroos and other large animals. Someone from our area was killed just last week by colliding with a horse very early in the morning. Are we supposed to put our lives at risk just so as the greedy selfish morons that are stripping the supermarket shelves bare can continue to do so. No, someone in authority needs to grow some balls and stop this madness now before it gets totally out of hand.
    Pass the Ductape
    16th Mar 2020
    4:36pm
    Couldn't agree more!
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    1:08pm
    I am a Supermarket worker who has been dealing with people charging through the doors at 6am. Some of your comments are not helping. At least our stores are still open for now!!!!
    You wil not stop unscrupless people and NOTHING WILL HELP ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME. but aleast some are trying to HELP.
    .
    KSS
    16th Mar 2020
    2:00pm
    Trouble is SMMM people on this site will complain even if there was an individual shopper arriving at someone's home car ready and waiting to take them to the supermarket.

    Of course no solution will suit everyone but I for one concur with you and praise the supermarket for the initiative. The same supermarket that also initiated an hour a week for shoppers with autism!
    KB
    16th Mar 2020
    1:31pm
    II agree. This is a great idea but many people such as myself do not drive and prefer to shop later in the morning when I can access transport. Hours should be extended for people
    KSS
    16th Mar 2020
    2:01pm
    You mean extended to suit your preferences.
    Angelique
    16th Mar 2020
    2:22pm
    Unfortunately there will not be anything left later in the morning which is why they are opening early.
    Pass the Ductape
    16th Mar 2020
    4:40pm
    Jeez - you seem a bit of a sad case KSS..... get a grip!
    Captain
    16th Mar 2020
    5:56pm
    I may not agree with KSS very often, however I do agree this time.

    Older people need to get out of their comfort zone for once.

    Stop moaning about the early hour and be thankful that Woolworths are trying to do something to help as many elderly as they can.

    The people I feel have a raw deal, are the disabled and the elderly who cannot drive or easily access their local supermarket.

    Think about them and compare your situation. Easy to criticize.
    KB
    16th Mar 2020
    1:31pm
    II agree. This is a great idea but many people such as myself do not drive and prefer to shop later in the morning when I can access transport. Hours should be extended for people
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    1:46pm
    Extending the hours will not help, as the shelves will be empty of the staple items in the 1st hour if not sooner, of the doors open. Toilet paper is gone in minutes IF stock is available at all.
    If you have the ability to HELP an older person ie 70+ or diasabelled person who have no transport please do.
    We see the elderely with "wheelies "struggle in after the shelves are stripped. That is why the 1hr is set for now. It is not possible to stop people from rorting, by coming back in after they have got more than they need. It is sheer GREED.
    mumwa
    16th Mar 2020
    3:15pm
    PLEASE STOP COMPLAINING and CRITICISING !! ... Help those who try to help you ! Embrace this offer from Woolworths ... for that means there will be people starting to work earlier to load the shelves ... smile at them ... they are not responsible of idiots rushing to stock for no real reason ... that's how l feel ... dont mind if you dont feel the same ...
    101
    16th Mar 2020
    5:00pm
    Well said.
    Maggie
    16th Mar 2020
    3:21pm
    Thank you SMMM for taking the time to respond and thank you for the service you are providing.
    As you say, you can't please everybody all the time but it truly saddens me that so many people seem to take pleasure in finding fault with just about everything.
    I have suggestions: how about offering someone without transport a ride to the supermarket?
    How about doing the shopping for a disabled person? How about for a change just trying to see the positive and being grateful for it?
    Foxy
    16th Mar 2020
    3:22pm
    Tuesday until "at least Friday'"? Not exactly "set in concrete" then? Is this ongoing ??

    Guessing we have to contact them to find out if the store in which "we" shop is applicable for these days/hours?

    It should be ongoing because the stimulus package will be useless to lots if this is only a "temporary" measure by Woolies? I know of people who are desperately waiting for their next "Pension payment"!

    Fortunately I am able to shop Woolies "online" - have done for years but even that is in "meltdown" at the moment..pot luck what gets delivered! Hence a trip to the store anyway!

    The World and our country as we know it - is certainly a "challenging" place right now!!

    Sad ................ :((
    Dorliz
    16th Mar 2020
    3:39pm
    Great initiative on the part of the supermarket but I think it has not been thought through very carefully. Older people are not out and about so early and it may be difficult for some to get to the shopping centers at that hour. Most plan their trips so they can do their shop, go to chemists and do other chores and with winter coming on it is not practical for them to be out where they might catch cold etc. I for one will continue to take my chances with the rest of society and do my shopping at the usual time I go to town.
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    3:52pm
    Thank you Maggie and mumwa for your comments. Please all think of the Staff trying to HELP ALL.Please think the of Staff as they are scared to be seen with their 1 pack of toilet paper, they also have the right to BUY as a customer too. They afraid to be seen taking it to their cars,
    Incase they are threatened or worse their cars broken into!!!!! We are in the same boat as every one else. We can't buy unless it is on the shelf, AND NOT UNTIL THE STORE IS OPEN AND IN THEIR alloted BREAKS. Many haven't been able to get any for weeks either. We are all in this together. Have compassion for All your fellow men and woman, and forget the Me Me catch cry.
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    3:55pm
    Foxy , shop online was suspended as the stock just couldn't be assured to be available.
    Foxy
    16th Mar 2020
    4:16pm
    SMMM -= I heard that yesterday - however - my order is still sitting online as an "Open Order" - which means I can add to it .....it is due for delivery SUNDAY - which is normally unheard of - normally comes the next day! NOT 7 days ........
    Pus - they have my $180 !!!!! Arghhhhh. ..... (feeling the stress haha)

    Woolies under extreme pressure - had to go in today as online order still "pending"? Ugh. Was madness - total madness and I was in there at 9 am. Shelves stripped still! Shoppers with trolleys piled high -majority yelling into mobile phones and to boot I lost my beloved gold bracelet! Doubly whammy!!! :(( :(( ..... Woolies got APB out for it ...hopefully some decent person will hand it in?? Fingers crossed! :)
    Jude
    16th Mar 2020
    4:16pm
    I thought it was ‘click and collect’ that was suspended, are online deliveries suspended as well?
    Foxy
    16th Mar 2020
    4:18pm
    Dorliz - I agree - but at least Woolies is trying ...I think some IGA's also - not sure ...Coles will if Woolies have ......
    Foxy
    16th Mar 2020
    4:20pm
    Jude - not 100% sure re "online"? Mine is sitting there waiting til Sunday - no email from Woolies - yet! Hopefully is ok else they need to refund the $$$$ 's pronto!
    Foxy
    16th Mar 2020
    5:31pm
    "Click n Collect - stopped until further notice! Online orders - suspended only temporarily until further stocks arrive into supermarket (according to Herald-Sun paper - Melb.)
    Eddy
    16th Mar 2020
    4:07pm
    The new policy is recognising a problem and Woolies have tried to solve it, but it seems like they came up with a good idea but not how to implement the policy. I am 76 but do not draw an OAP or have any sort of concession card (even if I may be entitled to one), I live on my superannuation. How do I take advantage of this proposal? I have a drivers license with my photo and DoB to prove my identity and age. I suspect that some people will use this like they use disabled parking permits, borrow and take advantage.
    Mondo
    16th Mar 2020
    5:22pm
    Eddy, why not get a Senior's Card? Frankly it's not worth much if you live outside of a major city, especially on any services provided by its issuers (State governments) but at least it may help as ID in situations like this. The only other benefit to me is two free donuts at the Donut King when I occasionally go into a town.
    Woollies is at least trying on this one and I can't imagine they will refuse you if you look over 65. I have found the main benefit of going at 7.30 am is to avoid close encounters with other shoppers. Only problem so far is the shelves are still half bare from the day before but hopefully they will fix this.
    The bulk buyers are now being stopped by the check out computers freezing if more than the allowable number of items are put through.
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    4:15pm
    Eddy you will be ok, you are elderly.
    mumwa
    16th Mar 2020
    4:29pm
    Pleeeez... stop being selfish ... it's not like the TV proram "ON demand' ! Sure everyone has her/his/their own best time, best day, best hour ... but an't we a communauty ? ant we "older and wise" ? one true thing is there are idiots CREATING a PANIC ! please do not please them ! React as you "oldish" have back in the years when there were REAL reasons to PLAN AHEAD... we are not in a war...for God's sake ! STOP BEHAVING LIKEWISE AND SHOW younger generations what your strength really was/is still : wait and see and wisely act... trusting you can understand what l am trying to express ... andit's not easy for english is not my mother's tongue... BE WISE AND 'YOUNGLY THINKING"... JESSIE
    Gyro
    16th Mar 2020
    4:29pm
    FCS, stop whinging !! Just because you don't fit the criteria for this concession, at least allow others to get what is offered. You are like the women with the toilet paper featured on TV !!
    Gyro
    16th Mar 2020
    4:29pm
    FCS, stop whinging !! Just because you don't fit the criteria for this concession, at least allow others to get what is offered. You are like the women with the toilet paper featured on TV !!
    Mamacrystal
    16th Mar 2020
    4:29pm
    This sounds great but not practical for me.....I live 31k from the nearest Woolies. I am not an early riser these days....had enough of that in all the years of nursing! OK for those living closer, and good on Woolies for trying to do something to help.
    PlanB
    16th Mar 2020
    4:32pm
    Most of the aged people will never get to the shops at 7 am and be able to do their shop by 8 am -- darn ridiculous -- AND they have stopped the on line shopping as well -- I do mine on line and have for a long time and have a lovey friend pick it up WHeN the time suits them --
    When I rang and complained -- Woolworths said -- well you would have a carer -- they could do it for you -- I replied I was interviewed for a home help almost 12 months ago and I am STILL waitning!--

    These hours are stupid and to take away the online shop to pick up is beyond a joke
    Farside
    17th Mar 2020
    11:56am
    7:20 this morning and there was a lengthy queue of old sticks waiting to get into a suburban Woolies.
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    4:37pm
    Sorry Foxy, Jude, etc, will get refunds on orders pending, of items not supplied. l assume each area will have different "problems" unfortuneately. But all will be resoveled, system overload given the present climate. Deliveries in our Rural areas have been stopped, I should not be commenting at all, not company policy.
    Foxy
    16th Mar 2020
    5:34pm
    SMMM - thanks for that ...just replied further up page! :)
    PlanB
    16th Mar 2020
    4:48pm
    It is not the staff at the Woolies etc -- it is the ones IN CHARGE -- that have come up with these stupid hours and such --- the staff are always wonderful -- and I feel for them --
    Captain
    16th Mar 2020
    6:13pm
    PlanB,

    The hour stipulated is because the shelves are stocked by the Night Fill staff. Their shift starts at 10.00pm and finishes at 6.00am. Therefore the shelves should be fully stocked by the 7.00am opening hour (providing they receive their quota, which is not written in stone as the Warehousing staff are unable to cope with the huge orders they are expected to load).

    Those "further up the line" have given open slather to Store Managers to use overtime in order to keep the shelves stocked.

    In order to make sensible comments, you need to know how a system works and the behind the scenes manoveures.
    80 plus
    16th Mar 2020
    5:52pm
    Well done Woolies, who at least are trying unlike Coles who this year have started removing items for sale from the shelves, but are ALL available from I.G.A. and Woolies.
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    6:28pm
    Spot on Captain, exactly. Unless people work in the Industry they don't understand.
    Everything is having to be reviewed and a strategy put in place,. It will never suit everyone.
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    6:31pm
    At least people over 70 yrs don't have to stay in their homes for 4 MONTHS HERE YET.!!!!
    Boomer
    16th Mar 2020
    6:35pm
    Good call, Woolworths!
    Boomer
    16th Mar 2020
    6:35pm
    Good call, Woolworths!
    outlander
    16th Mar 2020
    7:10pm
    Thank you to all the people with nice positive comments...The rest of you whingers get off!
    mumwa
    16th Mar 2020
    8:13pm
    Better go away from this site... too depressing
    too many people complaining ... never seeming content ...
    even though l am 75 yo lfind hard to adhere to such a way of thinking ... am not rich.. am dealing with personal pains, griefs, problems .. just like you .... it's just that we dont seem to have the same way to see things ...
    SMMM
    16th Mar 2020
    8:22pm
    Mumwa take care l hope you have someone to help you if needed.
    I too am signing out. To all the positive people goodnight.
    mumwa
    16th Mar 2020
    8:34pm
    Thanks SMM and all others who see the sunny side of things ..
    Hoogie
    17th Mar 2020
    9:27am
    I went this morning - it was like a boxing day sale. Everyone, as they entered, raced to the toilet roll section and there were none! Nor were there any hand sanitisers. It was way worse than just shopping at normal times.
    Hoogie
    17th Mar 2020
    9:27am
    I went this morning - it was like a boxing day sale. Everyone, as they entered, raced to the toilet roll section and there were none! Nor were there any hand sanitisers. It was way worse than just shopping at normal times.
    OLD TAX PAYER
    17th Mar 2020
    12:14pm
    Well what a greedy nation we have become, Im alright jack and stuff you! What woolies has done is commendable but there is no pleaseing some people
    Blossom
    17th Mar 2020
    9:09pm
    What about self funded reitrees who are disabled? I'm not allowed to drive due to a disability and go shopping on a Council Community Bus. The drivers are volunteers who do several runs per morning. 1. They don't start that early. 2. Even if they did they wouldn't be able to do all the runs they do before 8 am
    Wader
    18th Mar 2020
    3:20am
    Oh great. The "old" and "disabled" who have concession cards are worthy of special conditions (and I'm not against that) but how about some consideration for the rest of us who are also old and very vulnerable to this rotten virus. Are we supposed to be safe in our palaces with servants to do our germy shopping?. Get real. The sick, disadvantaged and disabled need help for sure, but old is old.Why are we left out?
    Wader
    18th Mar 2020
    3:20am
    Oh great. The "old" and "disabled" who have concession cards are worthy of special conditions (and I'm not against that) but how about some consideration for the rest of us who are also old and very vulnerable to this rotten virus. Are we supposed to be safe in our palaces with servants to do our germy shopping?. Get real. The sick, disadvantaged and disabled need help for sure, but old is old.Why are we left out?
    Chrissie
    20th Mar 2020
    2:47pm
    Don't bother getting up early they hardly have anything on the shelves. Limited bread, no meat , no frozen food, flour, pasta rice, tinned foods. Of course no toilet paper or tissues. You have to take pot luck during the day and hope that deliveries arrive when you are there. Instead of opening longer they need to close so that shelves can be restocked and stores cleaned. I haven't seen anyone fighting for items and most shoppers have been very polite and more talkative than usual. Shops might be making a killing at the moment but that will abate once the hoarders have everything and don't need to shop for weeks on end. Plus those that have lost their jobs(and many have) will not be able to afford to even buy food, so the supermarkets will then take a hit.
    hyperbole
    21st Mar 2020
    10:09am
    I went two days at around 10.30 and 11 am....got tissues, one packet of beef mince, one packet of pork mince and one packet of chicken. I checked and made sure I could get limits and I could..this was Aldi. Also tinned fish was plentiful.

    The risk of getting the virus would be very high standing amongst a horde of people waiting for shops to open..no thanks.
    PlanB
    21st Mar 2020
    9:04am
    These stupid new ideas from the likes of Woolworths, there is NO way it is safe to be amongst all those shoppers with this virus --and at such close proximity and taking the risk of this virus, when there is NOTHING on the shelves in any case --
    I say do online pickups --- if you have someone that can do them for you --and state the time so people are NOT in close quarters -- like they are with this early morning rubbish when there is nothing on the shelves in any case!

    There is NO way I can get to the shops at all -- and so have to pay for delivery when I have had a very kind friend do my pickups when they went for their own shopping and it worked fine.
    Also, that way they would have more control over people over ordering too.


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