Shopping adjusted to help seniors

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BONUS - RUSTENBURG - One good thing coming out of the whole Coronavirus crisis is that retailers are looking more carefully at the shopping needs of senior citizens.

The elderly are among those at higher risk of morbidity and mortality associated with the novel coronavirus, says the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD). Last week Pick n Pay announced that they will now have a dedicated hour for shopping reserved for senior citizen. People 65 years of age and older will be able to do their shopping every Wednesday between 07:00-08:00. Customers will be carded at the entrance, and will need to bring a valid ID to enter the store during this time. “A special shopping hour for pensioners was a great suggestion by our online community and we very quickly worked with our stores to make this a reality,” said John Bradshaw, retail executive: marketing at Pick n Pay.
In the latest retailer effort to help keep customers safe during coronavirus-linked panic buying, Checkers says it will now introduce pensioner priority till points. “Special till points have been allocated to prioritise speedy checkouts for elderly and vulnerable people including those with disabilities,” the supermarket chain said in a statement. Its owners, the Shoprite group, is appealing to senior citizens to shop outside of peak times (early mornings and late afternoons), when stores are quieter to minimise exposure.