Supermarket Coronavirus Shopping Arrangements

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The big supermarket chains have all put special arrangements in place during the Coronavirus pandemic.

I have tried to summarise the current position for each of the big four chains below but it is best to check each store’s website for the latest arrangements.

Please remember to stick to social distancing rules whilst you are in a supermarket.

Asda has changed its opening hours and put special arrangements in place its stores.

NHS and care staff have priority for the first hour of trading every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and exclusively on Sunday mornings between 9am and 10am. You can find information about specific Asda stores here.

Morrisons now has an NHS hour from 6am to 7am, Monday to Saturday.

Morrisons has created a range of different food boxes to meet the needs of customers who are self-isolating. These boxes can be ordered online through and are delivered by courier, usually the next day.

Sainsbury’s has increased its Groceries Online and Click and Collect capacity. Even with the additional capacity delivery slots are still difficult to get so you should try the click and collect facility.

They have also introduced a new Volunteer Shopping Card to enable friends and helpers to shop on behalf of someone else. 

8am to 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday is dedicated to serving elderly, vulnerable, disabled customers and their carers.

7.30am to 8am, Monday to Saturday is dedicated for NHS and social care workers.

Tesco has introduced priority hours for NHS staff. Please check with your local store for details of this.

As well as priority hours, Tesco is giving NHS, emergency service, and care workers priority access to its stores to help them shop when they have the time. You should go to the front of the queue to get into the store with your employee ID.

9am to 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Tesco is dedicated to serving elderly and vulnerable customers.