Ever since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the world has started panic buying essentials. People have bought cartons of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, packaged food, and pasta without considering the shortage it will create. The disabled and the elderly have not been able to keep up with the rush and they’ve failed to buy the things they need. In such a scenario, Woolworths has decided to open its gates for these people early in the morning from 7 a.m till 8 a.m.
According to Claire Peters, Managing Director of Woolworths, the staff has tried their best to keep the supermarket well stocked but people have not been mindful while hoarding. With this initiative, Woolworths hopes to make the essential items accessible to the disabled and the elderly. They can drop by and shop before the gates open for the masses in a relatively non-crowded environment. The verification proof for the senior citizens would be the pension card issued by the government, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Health Care Card, and Companion Card.
Paul Harker, fresh food director of Woolworths, said the supply chains are open for 24 hours every day. They are making sure that all the products reach the outlets on time so that there is no panic among the customers. The people at Woolworths are trying really hard to keep up with the sudden surge in demands and trying to assist the buyers as much as they can.
As the world gears up for the self-imposed quarantine, the demand for daily care items as well as packaged food is at an all-time high. In such a situation, the elderly and the disabled should be cut some slack. As Ms. Peters rightly said, now is the time for everyone to be more kind to each other. Fighting a pandemic is difficult as panic is in the air, but with a little conscious control and compassion, we will get through. Stay safe and be kind!