Geraldton supermarkets change opening hours to help elderly and vulnerable to shop

Liam BeattyGeraldton Guardian
A sign outside Queens Supa IGA explaining the restricted access to the store.
Camera IconA sign outside Queens Supa IGA explaining the restricted access to the store. Credit: Liam Beatty/Geraldton Guardian

Some Geraldton supermarkets have modified their trading hours in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Wonthella Supa IGA, Queens Supa IGA, Woolworths and Coles have changed their trading hours and introduced an hour period only available to certain groups of people.

Woolworths said stores nationally would be open to the elderly and members of the community with disabilities from 7am to 8am, to give them the opportunity to shop in a less crowded environment before the official open.

New hours will be in place until at least March 20.

Coles also changed its opening hours to 7am to 8pm, with the first hour exclusively open to the elderly and people with disabilities.

In a statement Coles said the move will help improve access during this time of unprecedented demand.

Queens Supa IGA is open for an additional hour from 7am to 8am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11am on Sundays, while the Wonthella Supa IGA is now open for an additional hour every day of the week, from 6am to 7am.

In a statement Rigters supermarkets said the additional hour of trade available each day was exclusively for pensioners, seniors and people with a disability.

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