Sourced from NZHerald.co.nz

A Dunedin man has come up with a website to alert people about how long queues are outside supermarkets.

The website, called howlongistheline.org, lists a supermarket, or other essential shops like a pharmacy, with one of three status alerts: No Lines, A Wee Wait or Busy. Stay at home. This last status is for five or more people in a queue.

People are able to update the status, but only if they are at the shop using the location setting on their mobile phone.

Hayes said people could also add a new shop to the website without having to log in.

The website was launched two days ago and so far there are 17 shops, mostly in the South Island, although supermarkets in Taupo, Taumarunui and Whanganui have recently been added too.

If the website flattened the curve of people going to the supermarket and made a tiny difference to the spread of Covid-19, it would be worth it, Hayes said.

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