Supermarket opening times including the special slots for elderly and NHS workers

Naomi Gordon
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From Prima

Many supermarkets across the country have reduced opening times and will be prioritising NHS staff and the elderly as many shoppers continue to go against government advice and stockpile in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised members of the public to stay at home, and only to leave to exercise (once a day), go to work if you can't work from home, attend medical appointments or shop for essentials.

The crisis has impacted supermarket opening times – and many of us are unable to order online – so here's our guide to supermarket opening times and special slots for the elderly and NHS workers below...

Tesco

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Tesco has announced that it is now be prioritising the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except Express stores).

The supermarket has also made changes to its 24 hour stores – find times for your local one here.

Opening hours will be from 6am to 10pm, allowing staff more time to restock the shelves for the morning rush. Products such as anti-bacterial wipes, dried pasta and toilet roll are limited to two per person.

Stores have closed all meat, fish, deli and salad counters.

Tesco are asking able shoppers to opt for click and collect or in-store shopping to free up home delivery slots for vulnerable and elderly people.

They have also introduced a dedicated shopping hour for NHS staff – provided they show ID. They are able to shop for one hour before the usual store opening time every Sunday - excluding Tesco Express stores.

Waitrose

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Waitrose shops are open as usual, with the exception of those situated inside John Lewis shops.

The first opening hour in Waitrose supermarkets will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable shoppers, as well as those who look after them.

To help keep their shelves stocked and their employees and customers safe, some shops may close earlier than normal. This will vary in different parts of the country, from shop to shop – find your local branch here.

Waitrose shops are setting aside a proportion of hard-to-find and essential products exclusively for NHS staff, on production of an NHS card. They're also giving NHS staff priority checkout service to ensure they are able to get through as quickly and easily as possible.

They have also closed self-serve coffee machines, cafes, cookery schools, bakery grazing areas, wine bars, rotisserie, Hot Food to Go and Made in Branch Baguettes, and Wine Tasting at Home packages.

The supermarket has announced that they are unable to offer home delivery and Click & Collect slots at the moment – but customers can still amend or cancel existing orders.

Sainsbury's

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Sainsbury's are now consolidating their opening hours and all their supermarkets will be open from 08.00 to 20.00 Monday - Saturday. With the exception of some stores in Scotland, Sunday opening hours will stay the same – check on Store Locator for Sunday opening hours in your store.

Sainsbury's Local and petrol station hours will stay the same.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, supermarkets will dedicate 08.00 to 09.00 to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers. NHS and social care workers will be able to shop in supermarkets for half an hour before they open, from Monday to Saturday. Anyone with NHS ID will be able to shop from 07.30 to 08.00 on these days.

They have prioritised online delivery slots for elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. Some existing elderly, disabled or vulnerable customers are expected to receive emails from Sainsbury's but those that haven't and want to be added to the list can contact the supermarket on 0800 328 1700.

Sainsbury's is pausing all new registrations for home deliveries.

Morrisons

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Morrisons have introduced an NHS hour from 7am-8am Monday-Saturday – on production of an NHS staff card. The supermarket hasn't announced any changes to opening times – find your local store here.

Their full availability of delivery slots is being shown online, and some items have been restricted to protect their availability for more customers. They have taken their groceries app offline, and ask customers to please use the website instead.

M&S

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M&S stores are operating their normal hours, although this is subject to change.

They will be setting aside the first hour of trading for older and vulnerable customers on Mondays and Thursdays, and for NHS workers on Tuesdays and Fridays. This does not include franchise stores in petrols stations or railways.

Their Click and Collect service has been extended – order by 11pm and collect in store the following day.

Asda

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Asda has temporarily reduced the normal opening hours of our stores so staff can clean and restock shelves. It has closed its 24 hour stores between 12am and 6am. Check your local store opening times on the Asda Store Locator which is updated with the latest information.

NHS workers will be prioritised in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.

They have also closed their rotisserie and pizza counters.

Co-op

Most Co-Op stores remain open from 6am or 7am – with a dedicated shopping hour for those at higher risk and the people who care for them. Check your local Co-op here.

Co-op began home deliveries on 22 March.

Lidl

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Lidl stores remain open – but make sure you check our store finder just in case your local store's hours have changed.

They are prioritising elderly for the first two hours in all stores across Ireland - but are not currently doing the same in England, Wales or Scotland.

Iceland

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Iceland stores are operating on reduced hours and are dedicating hours for NHS workers in most of their stores. Check your local store for for more information.

They are also temporarily limiting online orders to customers who are over state pension age, self-isolating and other vulnerable people, such as the disabled. If you aren't over state pension age and can get to one of their stores, we kindly ask that you use their Store Locator to find your local Iceland and complete your shop there.

Aldi

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Aldi's opening hours have shortened, and will close stores at 8pm. Sunday opening hours remain unchanged, except in Scotland where stores will close at 6pm.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.




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