Amazon won’t take new online grocery customers for the time being

Amazon is throttling its food delivery services by giving more priority to customers who signed up earlier — and putting more recent signups on a waitlist.

The move comes as numerous grocery delivery services, including Shipt, Instacart and individual store services have been facing overload in orders from customers not wanting to leave their homes during to coronavirus.

In some areas, is also adjusting hours for Whole Foods Markets in order to offer dedicated times for its online shopping teams to come in and fill orders.

Whole Foods has added delivery service to 150 locations in recent weeks and is in the process of ramping up hiring.

The changes will affect Whole Foods deliveries, Amazon Fresh and Now orders originating from both Whole Foods stores and standalone warehouse facilities.