Following in the footsteps of Woolworths, Coles will introduce an elderly and disabled hour from Wednesday.
Shoppers with a relevant government issued concession card will be allowed to purchase their groceries from 8am-9am.
All other shoppers will be allowed to enter after this hour is complete.
Coles stores will also close no later than 8pm for team members to clean and restock.
Coles has also limited the purchasing of pasta, rice, flour, paper towels, hand sanitiser, eggs, frozen vegetables, frozen desserts and mince to two packs per person.
Toilet paper remains at one pack per person for both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.
It comes after coronavirus panic buying stripped shelves of essential items. Supermarkets across the nation have been sporting empty shelves as locals stock up in case of quarantine.
From Wednesday the first hour of trade in all Coles supermarkets will be exclusively open to the elderly & disabled. “Community Hour” will help improve access during this time of unprecedented demand. Stores will also close no later than 8pm so team members can clean & restock.— Coles Supermarkets (@Coles) March 16, 2020
Woolworths elderly and disabled hour is from 7am-8am.
"This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before our stores officially open," Woolworths managing director Claire Peters said.