Coronavirus: Aldi raises rationing limits and introduces new priority hours starting today


Aldi has lifted restrictions on almost all products and has announced new plans for more measures to keep customers safe from today.

The company removed the limits on canned food, bread and more after a fortnight of chaos.

Storage restrictions were introduced earlier this month after people started buying panic items such as toilet paper, long-life pasta and milk, leaving shelves across the country empty. despite a 50% increase in the supply and production of essential household items.

It came after the government warned that foreclosure measures could be pending for months – a decision that has resulted in the closure of thousands of people working at home and in schools until further notice.

However, the discounter said that normalcy is now returning to stores reaching their normal capacity after hiring hundreds of workers.

Aldi lifted purchase restrictions on all products starting Monday, April 6, except handwashing, which is limited to four per customer, shower gel, limited to two per customer, and UHT milk (long service life), limited to two per customer.

Aldi has hired more than 500 new workers in the past two weeks

In a statement, the supermarket chain said, “The easing of purchase limits follows a return to stable trading levels and good availability in all Aldi stores. “

Customers will also have access to disinfectants for baskets and carts when they enter stores as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Aldi also offers priority shopping hours, like most other supermarket chains, to elderly and vulnerable customers who have no choice but to visit stores in person.

Exclusive access will be available starting today for elderly and vulnerable customers who will be allowed to enter the store 30 minutes before standard business hours Monday through Saturday.

The early Sunday opening will continue to be reserved for the NHS and emergency workers to allow them access to their purchases of essential food items.

However, opening hours are further shortened from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, except Sundays when it opens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Scotland), to allow staff more time to restock.

Empty shelves in a supermarket in London

The retailer also encourages buyers to avoid visiting stores with children and partners during the pandemic.

“One person, one cart,” said Aldi.

He added that parents can shop with children “if necessary,” but that people should shop alone if they can. partners or anyone else with them at the store if possible.

And in recognition of their hard work, all staff will receive a 10% bonus as they continue to work 24 hours a day to maintain the country’s access to food.

The grocer said the increase in wages was to acknowledge that the employees “worked tirelessly throughout this extremely busy period” as the coronavirus continues to spread in large parts of the country.

Aldi said the extra money would be backdated to March 9, 2020 and paid to store and distribution staff.

The move comes after Britain’s largest grocer Tesco announced plans to give all of its employees a 10% boost after their “incredible effort” in the stores.

Nationwide, contactless payment transactions have increased from £ 30 to £ 45 to encourage more people to pay using contactless methods, which minimizes the risk of spreading the virus through manipulation. cash or contact with payment terminals.

Morrisons has become the first supermarket to implement this increase as part of plans to reduce the processing of cash in its stores.


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