Supermarkets have updated their rules, guidelines and opening times as the coronavirus lockdown continues.
Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and Waitrose have all introduced new changes, the Manchester Evening News reports.
An Aldi spokesman said: “Aldi is reviewing the small number of remaining purchase restrictions on certain products, after removing its previous four-item limit earlier this week. From today, restrictions have been lifted on beers, wines and spirits as well as nappies.
“From Monday, contactless card limits will also increase to £45 per transaction to allow more customers to pay without cash or contact with payment terminals.”
Here’s all the latest opening and closing times and shopping rules for all the supermarkets near you.
Tesco’s opening hours:
- A number of stores are now operating at reduced hours due to “operational reasons”, Tesco said on Twitter after photos showed shelves cleared of food and other essential goods.
- Some Tesco Extra stores and larger Metro stores have reduced their hours to between 6am and 10pm so they can properly restock overnight.
- Tesco has announced that NHS workers will be prioritised in all our stores (excluding Express stores) from 9am to 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. NHS workers will also have preferred access to a browsing hour before checkouts open on Sundays.
- The Co-Op has announced that it will be offering priority shopping to the vulnerable and those who care for them at the following times: Mon-Sat: 8am – 9am/ Sun: 10am-11am
Morrisons’ opening hours:
- Morrisons opening hours vary across the country. Check ahead with your local store before visiting.
- Morrisons is currently offering a one trolley per customer policy. This is in support of the latest government advice that one member of each household should shop for essentials once a day.
- There are vinyl stickers on floors to indicate where to stand and queue, staff are controlling the amount of people in the store at any one time and the shop has a dedicated hour for NHS staff in the morning.
Asda’s opening hours:
- Asda’s store opening hours have been changed in the current circumstances – you can check your local store opening times on the Asda Store Locator.
- Asda will be temporarily closing its 24 hour stores between 12am and 6am.
- Stores will now open an hour early on Sundays for NHS staff, as well as offering a priority hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Customers should only touch items they intend to purchase and to use cashless payment wherever they can to minimise contact. To make this even easier, from 1 April, the contactless limit will be increasing to £45.
- There will be regular announcements on Asda radio to remind customers of their responsibility to apply social distancing rules whilst they shop, and to help you do this they are closing every other self-checkout till. Asda is also in the process of installing Perspex screens at our checkouts, pharmacies and service desks to help minimise contact and keep social distancing in place.
- Colleagues are at the doors to maintain safe customer numbers to help with social distancing. There will also be clear signage, directional barriers and floor markings to help you move around stores easily and maintain a 2-metre distance from other customers and colleagues.
Aldi’s opening hours:
- Opening hours have been shortened slightly to 8am-8pm every day, apart from Sundays when hours are 10-am-4pm (9am-6pm in Scotland). This helps colleagues to re-stock products while stores are empty.
- Aldi is also opening our stores half an hour early on Sundays for NHS, Police and Fire Service workers. If this is you, please bring a form of ID with you.
- Shoppers must follow government guidance on social distancing and respect the personal space of others.
- Customers should only buy what they need.
- Customers should pay via contactless card or by Apple or Android Pay.
- Markers are being placed on the floors to help everyone keep the required safe distance apart.
- Clear screens are being installed at checkouts to provide protection when you pay.
- Where necessary, Aldi is limiting the number of people allowed in stores at any one time, and, where possible, is implementing a queuing system outside of stores.
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Sainsbury’s opening hours:
- All supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday, including those with an Argos store. Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.
- NHS ID holders have priority Monday to Saturday 07:30 – 08:00
- Elderly customers, carers and disabled customers have priority Monday, Wednesday and Friday 08:00 – 09:00.
Sainsbury’s shopper rules:
- From Wednesday 25 March, Sainsbury’s is limiting the number of people in our stores and at our ATMs at any one time. This includes putting queuing systems in place. Customers are to keep at a safe distance of 2 metres apart
- From Thursday 26 March, the supermarket is reducing the number of checkouts in supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol stations. It will be introducing safety screens at manned checkouts and are regularly sanitising customer areas of our stores.
- Customers are asked to pay via contactless card where possible.
Iceland’s opening times:
- Iceland will open its supermarkets early for elderly customers to visit before stores open to the public.
- Each day, elderly shoppers can visit between 8am – 9am to get their shopping first.
- The store has now introduced a daily slot for NHS workers to shop.
Monday to Saturday
First hour of trading – priority hours for elderly and vulnerable people
Final hour of trading – NHS staff only
To check opening times at your local store, visit www.iceland.co.uk.
M&S opening hours:
- To check opening hours for your local store, visit the website.
- M&S stores have confirmed that older and more vulnerable customers, as well as NHS workers, will have time set apart for them to make sure they are able to purchase the essentials they need.
- For older and vulnerable customers, it’s on Mondays and Thursdays.
- For NHS and emergency workers, this will be Tuesdays and Fridays.
- M&S says it is ‘conducting more filling outside of opening hours so that customers have all the space they need to shop, as well as all the goods needed on our shelves.’
- Store workers have also had time built into their shifts so that they can leave Food Halls and wash their hands every half hour, as well as being able to keep hand sanitiser on them.
- Sneeze guards have been implemented at checkouts to keep staff safe. As a result, customers are being asked not to use their Sparks cards.
- Finally, M&S is raising the contactless card limit from £30 to £45, to help with larger purchases.
Waitrose opening times:
- Opening times have not yet changed, but Waitrose has implemented a prioritised and dedicated shopping hour every day for the elderly and most vulnerable. This is the first opening hour of the shop.
- Waitrose has announced that it will now limit the number of people allowed in stores at a single time to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. The number of people allowed in store will depend on how many tills are in each specific branch.
- One shopper per household where possible.
- Marshals will be deployed outside to monitor queue levels, and there will be stickers on the floors of stores to remind people of the social distancing rules.
- NHS staff are given priority at the checkouts.