From Monday 23 March, Albert Heijn will offer customers over the age of seventy the opportunity to shop without younger customers around them. Supermarket chain Jumbo previously came up with a similar plan for a number of branches.

Older people can visit the Albert Heijn branches from 7 am, the rest are welcome an hour later and are expressly asked not to come to the shops earlier. The company takes the measure "so that everyone can shop safely and pleasantly".

Supermarket chains have previously taken measures to prevent the further spread of the corona virus. Several chains banned bills and Albert Heijn, among others, invested in transparent glass walls that separate cashiers and shoppers.

Finally, customers must keep a distance of 1.5 meters, which, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), reduces the chance of the virus being transmitted.

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The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads through sneezes and cough drops. The virus can be transmitted directly from person to person or (for a limited time) through surfaces such as door handles.
  • An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Nearly all deaths involve the elderly or other frail, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
  • Read here what precautions you should take.