Supermarket Coles has announced it is extending its ‘community hour’ for the elderly and disabled to include emergency service workers.

Starting Thursday at 7am, the first hour of trade on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be available to emergency services and healthcare workers who hold an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) card, have a workplace ID or are wearing their work uniform.

That means all doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital and ambulance staff, police and firefighters can access the exclusive shopping hour.

Coles Group chief executive officer Steven Cain said “In the past week we have seen the Community Hour help vulnerable and elderly Australians access essential grocery items during this challenging time. We are now extending this opportunity to those Australians who are protecting our community and keeping us safe.’’