Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ireland update w/c 4 May

Lucy Ingram
Retail Analyst

Date : 06 May 2020

In this regularly updated article, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Ireland:


  • Aldi Ireland will be returning to normal opening hours from Thursday 7th May. Stores will once again be open 9am to 10pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Rolling out new social distancing measures, including posters in-store and clear markings on the floor for queuing
  • It is also commencing the installation of protective screens at every till to safeguard its colleagues and customers 
  • Priority hours for the elderly and vulnearable have been implemnted, they will be between 11am and 1pm every day 


  • Expanded its click & collect services in ten locations in the country, increasing the number of slots available for shoppers 
  • Staff will be given a 10% bonus for going above and beyond during this time. Originally the retailer had introduced the bonus at the start of March and it was to run until 1st May. That has now been extended for a further month until 30th May
    • Staff discount has been increased to 15%, from 10% 
    • Tesco will also add 10% to workers hourly rate of pay in recognition for their efforts 
  • Prioritising online orders for those aged 65 or more
  • Dedicated shopping hours for elderly and vulnerable shoppers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings up to 9am


  • Irish delivery start-up Buymie has raised €2.2m from different investors to expand its operation. The start-up has also extended its trial partnership with Lidl by signing a new multi-year partnership agreement 
  • Working with FoodCloud to collect food donations from shoppers 
  • Healthcare workers will be offered priority queuing at store entrances as well as at the checkouts
  • Introduced regular sanitising spraying of store trolleys and baskets
  • Hand sanitiser is available for shoppers at the store entrance
  • Masks and hand sanitiser are available for all store staff to use
  • Priority shopping hours for the elderly and at-risk shoppers from 9am-11am every day until further notice has been introduced


  • 80 SuperValu and Centra stores are now offering a new home delivery service to help distribute essential groceries to shoppers
  • SuperValu and Centra have partnered with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to support the elderly across our communities with a new initiative ‘Club Together’. GAA clubs are calling on their members to join a local task force to assist the elderly, who will now be dependent on the good of others for their essentials, such as food shopping. The local GAA clubs will then partner with local Supervalu and Centra stores to deliver the service
  • Protective perspex screens are being installed across all SuperValu, Centra and Mace stores
  • Hiring hundreds of new staff on a temporary basis
  • Some Supervalu stores are taking orders for elderly or vulnerable shoppers over the phone for them to pick up in store, avoiding browsing in the aisles


  • Staff will recieve a 10 per cent Covid-19 premium payment backdated to March 9th
  • Introducing shopping for the elderly or vulnerable between 11am and 1pm daily
  • Designated checkouts and staff during these hours to help with shopping
  • During this time the retailer has asked shoppers with children to not come into the stores


  • Investing an extra €50,000 into its long-standing community platform Neighbourly. The charity will help to mobilise local charity organisations to support the most vulnearable in the community  

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