Supermarket openings

Special opening hours for the vulnerable categories of shopper, such as the elderly and those most at risk, as well as NHS staff and social care workers, have been put in place by major supermarket chains such as ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Iceland and others. Other measures - such as new cleaning stations, reduced opening hours, limits on items and social distancing practices - have also been introduced.

Everyone should limit going out for shopping as far as you can and you must stay at least 6 Feet or 2 Metres away from others whenever you’re away from your home – this will be difficult in supermarkets but do what you can. Wash your hands when leaving home and when returning home and keep them away from your face at all times. If you are in a vulnerable category you should seek to get family, friends or a known volunteer group to do your shopping.

Use contactless, (new card limit of £45.00) and cashless payments wherever possible.


Monday-Saturday: 8am to 10pm (including former 24hr stores)

NHS workers: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8am-9am; browsing hour 9am-10am on Sunday

Restrictions lifted on most products

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Monday-Saturday 7.30am-10pm; no change on Sundays

From 8am to 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Sainsbury's is only open for the most at need groups. Sainsbury’s will also give priority access to online delivery slots for the over-70s.

From 7.30am to 8am from Monday to Saturday Sainsbury's is for NHS staff and social care workers only, bring a valid form of ID, such as an NHS staff card.

Customers will be able to buy a three item limit on the most popular items, including UHT milk, pasta and tinned tomatoes

Opening hours in supermarkets on Sunday, in petrol stations and in Sainsbury’s Locals have not changed.

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Reduced opening hours in 24-hour stores

The priority shopping hour for vulnerable and elderly customers is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 10am. This is in all Extras, Superstores and Metros but is not available in Express stores.

NHS and emergency services staff allowed to go to front of queue at all times. Eligible key workers must bring a valid form of ID with them to store, such as an NHS staff card. Tuesday and Thursday 9am-10am; browsing hour before checkouts open on Sunday.

Three item limit on high demand items such as pasta, toilet roll and hand sanitiser. No multibuy offers except on Easter eggs. Max 80 items per online order.

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Stores are open from Monday-Saturday 6am-10pm. Sundays remain the same at 10am to 4pm.

People working in the NHS have priority shopping hours with the production of a valid staff ID. From Monday-Saturday 6am to 7am and Sundays 9am-9:30am.

Maximum of five of any item online.

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Stores openings varies by store.

Lidl has implemented reduced shopping hours we have no information released regarding vulnerable categories nor NHS staff.

No blanket restrictions in place; customers can buy ‘usual household’ quantities at managers’ discretion.

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Opening hours are until 10pm - Sunday opening hours remain the same at 10am to 4pm (Scotland): closing at 6pm.

NHS workers, police and firefighters get priority in queues and also 30 mins early access before tills open on Sundays.

The priority shopping for vulnerable and elderly customers is Monday-Saturday: access 30 mins before store opens.

No restrictions currently in place.

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Stores open from 7am to 10pm, but some branches will be closing early, the company said. The first opening hour of all stores - 7am until 8am - is dedicated to vulnerable categories.

Waitrose shops will set aside a proportion of "hard-to-find and essential product" from every delivery that arrives into its supermarkets exclusively for NHS staff, on production of an NHS card.

NHS staff will be given priority checkout service in the retailer's shops to ensure they are able to get through as quickly and easily as possible - through either dedicated NHS checkouts, opening up new tills for them as needed or moving to the front of the queue.

Three-item limit on pasta, rice, UHT milk, toilet rolls, antibacterial and cleaning products, and some frozen food.

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Most stores open from 7am until 8pm. Contact your local store for opening times.

From 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11am on Sundays, vulnerable categories of customer will be able to enjoy priority shopping hours.

Customers are restricted from purchasing more than two products on some lines, including hand sanitiser, soap, tinned goods, pasta, rice, long-life milk, sugar, baby food and nappies.

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Iceland offers priority to elderly and vulnerable customers in all 121 of their The Food Warehouse stores across the UK from 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday, and have encouraged the managers of all 855 Iceland stores to offer the same priority in the first hour of trading each day.

Iceland is also offering exclusive access to NHS workers in The Food Warehouse from 7am to 8am each day, and in Iceland stores for the last hour of trading each day. NHS photo ID must be shown to gain access to the store and only card payments - ideally contactless - will be accepted.

The supermarket has introduced a temporary cap on sales of several products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes.

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Marks & Spencer

Store opening times vary from 7am to 8am, and some stores will be closing earlier. Shoppers are advised to contact their local store for more information on shopping times.

The first hour of trading at all stores will be dedicated to vulnerable categories of shopper on Mondays and Thursdays.

A special NHS shopping hour has also been introduced during the first hour of trading on Tuesdays and Fridays. Staff must bring a valid form of ID, such as an NHS staff card.

Two-item limit on frozen food, home products, groceries and eggs.

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