Woolworths Introduces ‘Elderly Only’ Shopping Hours Due To The Panic Buying

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as with any other crisis, is a test of character. Sadly, a number of people are not faring well. And it clearly shows on the empty shelves in most supermarkets these days. In the midst of this massive panic buying craze, the elderly and people with disabilities are definitely at a disadvantage. So, in response, supermarket chain Woolworths has come up with a dedicated shopping hour to cater to these vulnerable groups.

Effective March 16th, only seniors and disabled people may shop at their stores from 7–8 a.m. daily. The implementation of the said policy comes after the unprecedented demand in supermarkets over the past weeks. Grocery stores have experienced an influx of customers looking to stock up their pantries in anticipation of a lockdown. And among the highly hoarded supplies include toilet paper, pasta, rice and canned goods.


Unfortunately, this has caused elderly customers and those with disabilities to miss out on essential items

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What’s worse is that these groups are also the ones susceptible to contracting the coronavirus disease the most. According to the grocery chain’s managing director, Claire Peters, they’re aware of the repercussion of some inconsiderate shoppers’ actions. As a result, they’re implementing a shopping hour exclusively for these vulnerable groups to somehow help them get by.

“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.”

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The supermarket chain has also repeatedly called on to the public to be more considerate during these trying times. In addition, they have released a product limit guideline, covering in-demand goods like toilet paper, baby wipes and rice.

“We ask you to please respect these limits and only buy what you need. If we all do this, there is more than enough to go around.”—Bradford Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO

Stroud ... Luckily I have some back copies of the Guardian since Waitrose has run out of bog roll.




Here’s how people reacted to the supermarket chain’s efforts in favor of seniors and disabled people







Other users have also expressed their concerns over the given timeslot







Source: Woolworths Website | Twitter