Iceland Is Setting Aside An Hour For Elderly Customers To Shop Amid Coronavirus Fears

Anna Lewis
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From Delish

With elderly UK residents being told to self-isolate, being in a busy supermarket will only add to their anxiety amid Coronavirus fears.

With this in mind, Iceland has announced that one of its stores will set an hour aside each day for elderly customers to come and do their shopping.

The supermarket in the Kennedy Centre, West Belfast, announced it would let older customers inside from 8-9am starting today (17 March).

It said in a statement: “Iceland Foods will be opening their store between 8-9am for the elderly commencing Tuesday 17th March.

“Could the wider public please respect this hour, and understand that this time is allocated for elderly people only.

“Iceland appeal to people’s better nature when realising who needs priority.”

No word on whether other branches of Iceland or other supermarkets will follow suit.

This is hugely important as many shoppers who might usually rely on their supermarket delivering to them, have found that all delivery slots have been taken for the next three weeks at least. At east this way, they can pop to the shops for essentials.

Shopping in general has become more taxing that usual as many people have started stockpiling unnecessarily, leaving others with nothing.

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UK supermarkets have now joined forces to ask shoppers to leave products for others to purchase.

The likes of Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi and Waitrose released a statement saying, “We know that many of you are worried about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We want to let you know that we are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need.

“But we need your help too. We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.

“We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.

“There is enough for everyone if we all work together.

“Together we can make sure we are looking out for family, friends, neighbours.

“Together we will care for those around us and those who are elderly, vulnerable or choosing to remain at home.”

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