Emergency services and healthcare workers will now have an extra hour to get the items they need at the supermarket thanks to an initiative announced this week by Coles.
Starting yesterday, Coles stated all stores — including Maryborough — would offer two one-hour shopping periods per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 am to allow the essential workers to purchase what they need as they stand on the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative comes as part of the supermarket giant’s community hour, which began last week and sees the store also open only to the elderly and the vulnerable, including those with a disability, for the hour from 7 to 8 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Tuesday and Thursday hours are dedicated to workers including doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital and ambulance staff, police, firefighters and emergency service workers.
Proof of identity is required including either an AHPRA card, a workplace ID or those who are wearing their work uniform.
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