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Priority hours at supermarkets for elderly and vulnerable groups start today

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Following initiatives in other cities during these unprecedented times, Singapore has also implemented priority shopping hours for the elderly and other vulnerable segments of our community. This includes people with disabilities and pregnant women so that they have access to the things they need.

Major supermarkets like FairPrice start their Priority Shopping Hour trial today. It's an ongoing weekly initiative, happening on Mondays from 7am to 8am for the 24-hour outlets and the first hour of operation for the other stores. FairPrice has also implemented purchase limits per customer to discourage hoarding and the reselling of essential items. 

Other supermarkets like Cold Storage, Giant and Jasons are holding special shopping hours every Tuesday and Wednesday in the first hour of each store's operating hours, or from 8am to 9am for 24-hour stores. These measures have been put in place to alleviate panic buying and to prioritise the needs of vulnerable customers. 

There has been an increase in community help all around Singapore – and you can also do your part. Read our piece on how you can get involved in any way. We're all in this together! In the meantime, remember to keep safe and healthy.

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