Sainsbury’s have set a 2 item limit on popular items, such as toilet paper, milk, and pasta and from 23rd March will give disabled customers priority for online delivery slots.
Today the first hour of shopping was dedicated to older and vulnerable people in its 600 UK stores and this looks to continue next week.
Sainsbury’s told the BBC that it would consider future dedicated shopping hours “in line with government guidance”, after the one-off which took place today.
Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe added it was “focusing all of our efforts on getting as much food and other essential items from our suppliers, into our warehouses and onto shelves as we possibly can.
“We still have enough food for everyone – if we all just buy what we need for us and our families.”
Mr Coupe confirmed that it was closing its cafes as well as its fish, pizza and meat counters to free up more staff to work on “keeping the shelves as well-stocked as possible.”
The announcements came as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps signed off a temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules to deliver goods to stores around the UK.