Calls for online grocery shopping limit to be lowered to €30 for pensioners during COVID-19 – Lahart 

Published on: 23 March 2020

Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD, is calling for large supermarkets to lower their limit for online shopping orders to €30 for pensioners and those who are on reduced incomes.

Several pensioners contacted Deputy Lahart over the weekend to express their concerns that they do not spend over the €50 limit to have their weekly shop delivered to their home.

Deputy Lahart said: “We have seen stores introduce dedicated shopping hours for older and vulnerable customers over the past number of weeks which has been extremely helpful for vulnerable people. What we need to see now is stores helping older people once again by allowing the online shopping order limit to be reduced to €30 instead of the current €50 – €60 required. Older people are particularly vulnerable, and many are too scared to go to the shops. If they could do a smaller shop online and have this delivered it would make it a lot safer for the older communities who are more vulnerable to this virus.  

“If the larger stores were able to build further on the good work they are already doing and reduce the online shopping limit for those who cannot get to a shop every day or are afraid to venture into stores, it would make a huge difference and potentially help the effort to limit the spread of the virus,” concluded Deputy Lahart. 

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