Morrisons ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shopping introduced

Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise.

Its UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down on Saturdays from 09:00 to 10:00.

The movement of trolleys and baskets will also be reduced, it says.

The National Autistic Society says it is a “step in the right direction” for those who find shopping a struggle.

Other shops, including an Asda supermarket in Manchester and a Tesco Extra in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, also hold “quiet hours” and the National Autistic Society is encouraging retailers to take part in a nationwide “autism hour” in October.  More

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