Most of the major supermarkets are now limiting the number of customers entering the store at any one time, confirmed at time of publishing – Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Waitrose.
Asda have said that self service tills will no longer be able to scan more than 3 of the restricted items and Sainsbury’s is working towards updating their software to do the same with self service tills. Tesco have said that 24-hour stores will open only between 6am and 10pm to give staff more time to restock the shelves.
All items: 4 items per shopper on all products.
Where necessary, the number of customers in Asda stores will be limited at any one time so social distancing can be observed. In the coming days, perspex screens will be introduced at checkouts and kiosks to protect our colleagues. Floor markings spaced 2m apart across checkouts, self-scan, kiosks, pharmacy, optical and service desks to help customers observe social distancing.
Food items: 3 items across all food products per shopper on all food items.
Cleaning and toiletry products: Limit of 3 items across all products.
PRIORITY SHOPPING HOUR: From Friday 20th March, from opening time to 9am, all Asda superstores will dedicate this time to the most vulnerable and ‘those tho support them’. They will have ‘additional support’ in store if it’s needed. NHS staff: prioritising NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.
Store wide: Limits in store on various products and limits vary depending on what you purchase but in demand items such as toilet paper, paracetamol, hand wash, pasta, rice and hand sanitiser. This is not a complete list – please see more details in-store.
PRIORITY SHOPPING HOUR: NHS staff: From 7am – 8am Monday – Saturday
Food items: Limit of 3 items on all food/grocery items.
Higher demand/popular products: Limit of 2 items (eg. toilet paper, soap and UHT milk).
Cleaning and toiletry products: Limit of 3 items.
Online shopping: Customers over the age of 70 or have a disability will have priority access to online delivery slots. They will contact these customers in the coming days with more details.
PRIORITY SHOPPING HOUR: Elderly and vulnerable: 8am – 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Monday, Wednesday and Friday – dedicated to disabled customers and their carers. NHS staff: 7.30am – 8am Monday to Saturday.
All products: Storewide restriction of only 3 items per customer on every product line. They are also removing multi-buy promotions.
PRIORITY SHOPPING HOUR: Elderly and vulnerable: 1 hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning 9am – 10am (except in their Express stores). NHS staff: prioritised the hour before opening every Sunday and from 9-10am Tuesday and Thursday (excluding Express stores). Buxton is an Express store so the priority shopping times won’t apply but other local stores will: Tesco Superstore in Glossop, Tesco Superstore and Tesco Metro in Macclesfield will apply this.
Food items: Unconfirmed
Cleaning and toiletry products: Unconfirmed
PRIORITY SHOPPING HOUR: Priority hours for participating stores, first hour of trading each day for older and vulnerable individuals
Health staff will also have priority access to queues – with a new dedicated till point for frontline workers being introduced in stores from Monday. Stores will set aside a proportion of hard-to-find and essential products for NHS staff to ensure they have access to basic items at all times of the day.
All items: Storewide restriction of only 3 items per customer on every product line.
Toilet paper: 2 units per customer
PRIORITY SHOPPING HOUR: From 20th March, 8am – 9am every day is be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable shoppers and their carers.