Local grocery stores have introduced measures to help keep the supply chain open during a spell where panic buying in some stores has resulted in empty shelves. Measures involve limiting supplies of products, new opening hours and increased deliveries.

Measures are also being introduced for elderly and vulnerable people with priority shopping hours at many stores.

The obvious but most essential request is if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 do not visit. Also if you are a visitor to stores please give other customers and staff sufficient space. Stores also ask where possible for you to use contactless or card payments.

Newry shops have introduced measures to help keep the supply chain open. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
Newry shops have introduced measures to help keep the supply chain open. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/


Fiveways have introduced priority shopping hours from 8.30-9.30am for the elderly and vulnerable and although they will not turn anyone away they ask for people to respect the measure.


Tesco Newry will now close at 10pm each night and are introducing a storewide restriction of only 3 items per customer on every product line, and removing multi-buy promotions. They are also closing all meat, fish and deli counters and salad bars. They are also prioritising Monday/ Wednesday and Friday between 9 and 10am for vulnerable and elderly shoppers.


Lidl also have introduced prioritised queuing and additional assistance for the elderly from 9-11am and the stores will close at 8pm.

Dunnes Stores

Dunnes also have assigned 11am-1pm as a shopping time for elderly or vulnerable people.

Spar EuroSpar Vivoxtra and Vivo

These stores have implemented a restriction on the purchase of all products and you won't be able to buy more than 3 of any product.

“We ask that all shoppers only shop for what they need so that we can all look out for the more vulnerable members of our communities.”

Mulkerns Eurospar

Mulkerns are implementing a delivery service for older and vulnerable members of their local community.
They ask that this is paid by card over the phone where possible. Phone 028 300 13110

The deadline for placing orders for deliveries is 12 noon for that working day.
Deliveries will take place between 2-5pm approx.

They are working together with local clubs and community groups to co-ordinate this effort.

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