Tougher Times Ahead for the Disabled and Venerable Shoppers

The lockdown has been tough on all of us as we struggle to “flatten the curve” and try to control the Corona virus pandemic. But more so twice as tough for our venerable, elderly, as well as disabled population. And we are still not even halfway through.

With supermarkets still seeing shelves cleared out faster and people constantly stockpiling basic and essentials needs, supermarkets saw the need to implement special measures to ensure that our elderly, venerable as well as our disabled have access. Here are a few of them.

Tesco has implemented several changes to ensure that their stores are packed, and everyone has access to essentials

  • Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 am to 10 am to are dedicated to the elderlies, venerable and disabled shoppers
  • Self- isolating option available for deliveries where they leave orders at their doorsteps.
  • Three item limit per item per customer still imposed
  • Social distancing sill implemented when shopping

Sainsbury’s – Same as other supermarkets they have also implemented the following guidelines.

  • 8 am to 9 am every Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays are dedicated to our venerable, elderly and disabled as well as their carers
  • Online delivery priority slots given to those that are over 70 years of age or have disability
  • Maximum of 3 items for any grocery products

Asda & Morrisons has implemented self-isolating options for the venerable, disabled as well as the elderly

Iceland store has dedicated the first 2 hours every Wednesdays for the elderly, disabled and venerable. Check out their store locations for their opening hours.

Co-op similarly dedicated the first hour upon opening to those that are venerable and disabled. Opening times can vary from shop to shop.

The pandemic has truly tested our resolves in more ways than anyone can imagine. The challenges we are facing are still nowhere near the end. 

Here at Access Rating we encourage stores and other supermarkets to set aside special hours to make accessibility for your stores more accessible to the venerable and those that are disabled.