Bus pass restrictions lifted so older shoppers can make early morning shopping times
PUBLISHED: 16:41 19 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:41 19 March 2020
Time restrictions on bus passes for older and disabled people have been lifted during the COVID-19 crisis.
Suffolk County Council has agreed to relax the conditions on bus pass use from 9.30am, as many supermarkets are offering pensioner-only shopping slots early in the morning to ensure they can get supplies.
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That meant many people who wanted to take advantage of the early shopping slots could not make it to their stores in time.
It comes in response to the panic buying seen nationally in which key items such as toilet roll, tissues, rice, pasta and canned food has been harder to obtain because of shoppers hoarding food.
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Councillor Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m very grateful to our bus companies in Suffolk who have worked with us to extend the use of bus passes on their services before 9.30am.
“This is something that will be extremely helpful during a time when some shops are opening for periods specifically for the older generation and the most vulnerable to support them during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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“This change will come into force on Friday morning [March 20] and I’m very happy we have been able to support those in our community during this period of disruption.”
It is understood this measure will be in place for as long as is necessary, and is to be monitored as the coronavirus situation progresses.”
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