The special hours will start Tuesday morning and run at least until Friday, Woolworths said. Customers must have a government-issued pensioners or senior card to enter the store.
What grocery stores in the US are doing
The H-E-B chain, which has more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico told CNN that it would not be implementing special hours for vulnerable customers.
“Our leadership team studied this option thoroughly and due to recommendations from health officials we have determined this is not the best and safest option for our customers,” the company said in a statement. “H-E-B takes care of Texas and we feel asking a group to congregate at our stores in a certain timeframe is not a safe idea.”
The company said it is working closely with local food banks and is encouraging people to use their online ordering system.
Most large US grocery chains are offering customers online pickup and delivery services to help limit shoppers’ contact with other people.
Officials: There’s no need to hoard food and supplies
Coronavirus fears have led people all over the world to buy lots of hand sanitizer, toilet paper and other products, and to clear store shelves of produce, fresh meat and anything else they might need.
President Trump had a conference call with grocery store and supply chain executives over the weekend and has urged Americans not to stockpile food and other goods.
“Supply chains in the United States are strong, and it is unnecessary for the American public to hoard daily essentials,” according to a statement from White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated the wrong cost to customers for Chef José Andrés takeout meals. The story has been updated to reflect that his community kitchens will sell affordable takeout plates.