Published On: Tue, Apr 14th, 2020

New supermarket changes and opening hours during coronavirus lockdown

Supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons and Aldi have introduced new rules and measures to keep customers safe whilst shopping for essentials. At the start of the lockdown, retailers reduced their opening hours as a way of giving staff enough time to restock shelves and make sure stores were deep cleaned. Now, after three weeks of lockdown, supermarkets have confirmed stores will now be open longer. 


Tesco have announced that the purchasing limits on the majority of its products and limits will only remain on items that are high in demand like toilet rolls, pasta and hand sanitisers. The 80 item limit remains in place. 

Tesco have also introduced new shopping rules whilst in store including a one way system. 

They are also advising customers to ask their local stores for the quietest times to shop to avoid queuing. 

Another change implemented is the introduction of protective screens around the front and back of checkout tills to protect staff. 

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In an email to customers, CEO Giles Hurley said that thanks to the hard work of its suppliers and colleagues, Aldi now has good availability across all products. 

This means that Aldi have removed the remaining product restrictions for its shoppers.

Mr Hurley also announced that stores will now stay open until 10pm after many supermarkets were forced to shorten their opening hours. 

NHS workers and the elderly will continue to have priority access to all stores during the first 30 minutes of trading from Monday to Saturday.

From today, Aldi is also extending its priority shopping time for emergency workers. These groups will be given exclusive access to stores 30 minutes before normal opening on Sundays. 


Morrisons is extending its opening hours to now open up at 7am Monday-Saturday, meaning there will be more quiet times to shop and less queuing. 

Branches will be open 7am Monday to Saturday and will close at 8pm.

On Sundays, stores will open at 9:30am and close at 4pm.

Morrisons hours will be extended further for NHS workers who continue to have priority access to all stores from 6am to 7am Monday to Saturday.

The first 30 minutes of trading every Sunday will also be dedicated to frontline healthcare workers. 


There are now purchasing limits of a maximum of three items on certain items like hand wash and baby products in store and a maximum of three products on all products for online shopping. 

Shopping should be done by one adult per household with one trolley. 

Contactless payment has been increased to £45 across many supermarkets to avoid touching the card machine. 

NHS and care workers are prioritised in the larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.

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