The revised opening hours are in place at this stage until this Friday (20th March), with Woolworths to review opening arrangements at that point.
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said: "While we’ll continue to do our very best to restock our stores during this period of unprecedented demand, we know many of our elderly customers have been missing out on essential items when they shop.
"This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before our stores officially open - helping them obtain the essential items they need most in a less crowded environment.
“We continue to encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in our communities who might need extra help at this time. Now - more than ever - we need to be kind to each other, especially to those most vulnerable.
"We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the revised opening hours."
The full terms and conditions of Woolworths new initiative and details of any store that might be excluded will be available on the woolworths.com.au website later today. We will keep you posted as more information comes to hand.