Ration Online delivery to help Social Distancing

With vulnerable people living in our house we are going into Total Isolation from midnight tonight. Checking the online stores…

This from Tesco.

This from Waitrose


This from Ocado

So online ordering is no longer an option.

It is the digital equivalent of the real life supermarket scenes of people clearing shelves. In this case: digital savvy people…who will be predominantly young… have cleared the “shelves on the cloud”

So increasing the risk for those who are vulnerable and increasing the stress for essential NHS workers

How to resolve this?

Supermarkets are taking action online to ration supplies. They now need to ration online delivery capacity to those who are defined by the latest Government advice and advised:

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

I would suggest that HMGov needs to help the Supermarkets in confirming who these are. This means sharing NHS data such that the delivery address and the person ordering are confirmed as in the Vulnerable group or an essential worker. Obviously there must be privacy concerns, but the concept is already in place in other areas such as checking Car MOT. In this instance it is two databases talking to each other.

Online shopping dramatically improves the chance of the Social Distancing policy working and reduce the stress for those most vulnerable and those essential workers who will be caring for them.

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