Supermarkets across Scotland are ensuring their most vulnerable customers, as well as NHS staff, have guaranteed access to fresh fruit and produce.
With the current restrictions on movement in place and greater control being exercised in accessing certain items in our shops many supermarket chains have now formalised steps to ensure access to these items for those who require support.
Below is a list of special times where they restrict access and only allow entry to the stated groups, or offer a preferential service. Whether that be for the older members of our communities, or our NHS staff who are working long and often anti-social hours, UK supermarket chains have now put in place the following measures:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday (9 – 10am) – Elderly and vulnerable customers.Sunday – (hour ahead of normal opening hours) – NHS staff (with valid ID).
Monday, Wednesday & Friday (8-9am) – Elderly and disabled customers, as well as carers.Monday – Saturday (7.30-8am) NHS and social care workers (with valid ID).
Monday – Saturday (7.30-8am) – NHS and social care workers.**Morrisons are yet to introduce specific shopping hours for elderly/vulnerable customers but they are offering a food box service for people who can’t get a delivery slot. Shoppers pay one single price for a box full of shopping, which includes all the essentials, and elderly customers will be given priority.
Wednesday & Friday (8-9am) – NHS workers**Asda are yet to introduce specific shopping hours for elderly customers but will be assisting the most vulnerable get access to its online delivery service.
Monday-Sunday (first hour of trade) – Elderly, vulnerable and NHS customers **NHS staff will also have access to items that are difficult to get hold of and will be prioritised in queues.
Monday-Saturday (8-9am) Elderly and vulnerable customers.Monday-Saturday (last hour of trade) – NHS workers.
Monday & Thursday (first hour of trade) Elderly and vulnerable customersTuesday & Friday (first hour of trade) NHS workers.
Monday – Sunday (first hour of trade) Elderly and vulnerable customers, and carers.
Sunday (8.30-9am) NHS and emergency service workers will get priority at check-outs.