Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

21.48 18 Mar 2020


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Dunnes Stores has become the latest supermarket to designate shopping hours for elderly and vulnerable customers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Dunnes today said it will be implementing designated shopping for the elderly and vulnerable individuals, as well as family carers, between 11am and 1pm.

They're particularly asking people with children to avoid coming into the stores during those hours.

The retailer said: "Thank you for your patience and understanding. Let's all work together to keep each other safe."

It follows similar moves by other retailers.

Earlier this week, Lidl said it would be implementing priority shopping hours for the elderly across all its 163 Irish stores from 9-11am every day, until further notice.

It called on customers to “respect this measure and plan their shopping trips around this timeframe”.

Tesco has introduced similar measures in its stores, with Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings designated for elderly customers and family carers.

Meanwhile, An Post earlier confirmed that its post offices will open early on Friday to allow older people to collect their social welfare payments.

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