Covid-19: Online shopping fills up, supermarkets encourage you to shop in-store


The countdown came under pressure after around 400 staff members were forced into self-isolation in Auckland and Wellington.  (File photo)

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The countdown came under pressure after around 400 staff members were forced into self-isolation in Auckland and Wellington. (File photo)

Supermarkets across the country have very little or no online delivery or pickup slots available as 10,000 people are put into self-isolation at home after coming into contact with the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19.

Supermarkets are under increasing pressure with up to 400 staff in 13 isolated Auckland and Wellington countdowns after coming into contact with a Covid-19 case. People who could shop in-store were encouraged to do so, a spokesperson for Countdown said.

“We’re working incredibly hard to make sure we have slots available for those who need it, especially our priority support customers and those who need to stay home and self-isolate,” she said. .

Demand for online shopping has skyrocketed as fear of getting infected drives orders from more vulnerable customers, including the elderly and families who avoid public places. This is the number of people infected with Delta climbs to 72, with 21 new cases announced on Sunday.

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Stuff was unable to reserve a time slot for delivery or pickup with any countdown across the country on Sunday evening while a Wellington woman who was at a place of interest said she did not could not reserve an online shopping niche in a supermarket for next week. Her family were able to provide her with supplies.

The spokesperson could not confirm if there were slots available across the country or comment on details regarding availability, but said the situation was changing all the time.

The countdown also reduced hours and increased staff compensation following the change to Alert Level 4.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said supermarkets are working very hard and asked people to be careful of their neighbors.

“Please, when you order in the supermarkets let them know if you need it, and you have no other option… so that they can prioritize it if possible”, a- he declared.

National Covid-19 Party spokesman Chris Bishop said supermarkets were under tremendous pressure and communities needed to work together to ensure vulnerable people get what they need.

“This is a time when the community really needs to come together and care for those who are our core workers,” he said.

Act Party leader David Seymour said he would shop for groceries for those in need in his Epsom electorate.

Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson said in a statement they would work with the government in the coming weeks to focus on those most at risk and who would suffer the worst impacts of the lockdown.

Foodstuffs, which owns New World, Pak ‘n Save, Pams and Four Square, was approached for comment.

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