Australia’s Woolworths and Coles supermarkets open an hour early to allow elderly and customers with disabilities to shop safely and avoid coronavirus-related panic buying. In addition, due to supply shortages caused by panic buying, four major supermarket chains (Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA) have enacted limits on almost all items that customers can purchase.
- Shopping is exclusively available to those with a government-issued identification card from 7am to 8am. Stores will then open to the public from 8am.
- The most vulnerable people in our communities are able to purchase basic food and household items.
- It has decreased the chance of human interaction with other people during shopping, which reduces the risk of infection.
Sources: CNN, BBC, The Australian, ABC News