It comes after feedback from shoppers and employees across the nation.
Sainsbury's has announced priority shopping time at stores up and down the country for the elderly and most vulnerable amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This is due to begin from Thursday 19th March.
Following in the much applauded footsteps of Iceland stores who announced, Sainsbury's the latest UK supermarket chain to announce plans for priority shopping time and did so in a statement across social channels this morning.
These measures have been brought it to "to make sure everyone has access to the items that they need".
We have listened to feedback from you and from Sainsbury’s colleagues across the country and wanted to share some of the extra steps we are taking to make sure everyone has access to the items that they need pic.twitter.com/jRoCLm6CXt— Sainsbury's (@sainsburys) March 18, 2020
Also from this Thursday, Sainsbury's will be closing cafes and meat, fish and pizza counters in order to free up freight capacity for essential products.
In further efforts to reduce stock-piling amongst shoppers, it has also announced that customers will be restricted to buying a maximum of three of any grocery product and a maximum of two of the most popular products, including toilet roll.
The supermarket chain will be expanding its 'click and collect' service from Monday 23rd March for any customer unable to travel to a store.
In response to the changes, CEO of J Sainsbury plc, Mike Coupe, said that: "I hope that you can respect this decision and will work with us as we try our best to help those that need it the most".
More information on timings for priority shopping to follow.
COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday 11th March, with matters developing hourly across the world.