With the state entering a forced lockdown after a cluster of Covid-19 cases emerged, Woolworths and Coles are extending trading hours in South Australia in order to ensure residents can get access to essential goods.
A spokesperson for Coles supermarkets confirmed trading hours will be extended from 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays and Saturdays, while Sunday hours will be 9am to 8pm.
And, from Saturday 21 November to Sunday 6 December, Woolies will operate 7 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 7 am to 8 pm on Saturdays and 9 am to 8 pm on Sundays.
Additionally, the business has transferred additional delivery trucks from interstate branches to ensure online deliveries are not impacted by an expected increase in order numbers.
“Our team members and supplier partners will continue working around the clock to restock our stores, so we ask customers to shop as they usually would and only buy what they need,” Woolworths’ general manager for South Australia Karl Weber said.
“Our priority assistance service offers dedicated online delivery windows for the most vulnerable in our community. We would encourage elderly customers, people with a disability, those with compromised immunity and people in mandatory self-isolation to register for the service on our website.”
According to SMH, no new Covid-19 cases were recorded on Thursday despite over 20,000 tests being carried out over the previous 48 hours.
Twenty-two people were infected through an outbreak at the Peppers quarantine hotel, three of which are now in hospital.