Tesco and Sainsbury's introduce NHS hour
Hoarding has prevented NHS staff from getting essential groceries, and so the supermarkets have stepped in.
For the last week or two, the supermarkets have been stripped bare by hoarding panic buyers. Many have been unable to buy what they need, and among them have been NHS staff. Last week, a video went viral of an NHS worker in tears after coming off a long shift and being unable to buy any of her usual shopping, and the nation took notice.
Supermarkets have introduced hours in the week when only NHS workers can shop. This morning (Sunday 22nd), Tesco launches its 'browsing hour': from 8-9am on Sundays, only NHS staff will be able to buy produce.
Many supermarkets have extended their existing elderly, vulnerable and disabled shopping hour to NHS staff.
In a letter to customers, the CEO of Sainsbury's said: “You will have seen that we put restrictions in place this week to ensure that more products are on shelf for longer. From Monday 23rd March, we are consolidating our opening hours and all our supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday, including those with an Argos store. Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 8am - 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as NHS and Social Care workers."