Supermarket Shopping Measures – Everything You Need to Know

Supermarket Shopping Measures

During the coronavirus pandemic, our major supermarkets have made huge efforts, introducing various measures to try to curb panic buying and help the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers get the shopping they need.

If you’re wondering what’s in place where, here’s a handy list of supermarket shopping measures. We’ve taken all the information from their official social media channels and official websites but the situation is rapidly changing so we will keep this page updated.

Some supermarkets continue to limit the number of customers going into stores so there are often queues to go in. If you can, please try to shop in-store so those who are not as mobile can use online slots.

Contactless payments across the board have been increased from £30 to £45.

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Aldi

Buying restrictions: No restrictions currently in place.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: Mon – Sat: access 30 mins before store opens.

Key workers priority shopping: NHS workers, police, firefighters and all groups entitled to a Blue Light card, inc. social care workers, first responders, St John’s Ambulance staff and Age UK volunteers, amongst many others, get priority in queues and also 30 mins early access before tills open on Sundays.

Social distancing measures: 2m distance markers on floor at checkouts, perspex screens at tills, where possible please use car payments, queuing system outside store to limit entry at busy times, one adult per trolley is in operation.


Asda

Buying restrictions: Restrictions now lifted on most items.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: N/A.

Key workers priority shopping: NHS staff, Care Home Workers & Carers are prioritising in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am. As well as Sundays 9am to 10am for browsing.

Social distancing measures: Perspex screens at tills, where possible please use card payments, queuing system outside store to limit entry at busy times, one adult per trolley is in operation.


Morrisons

Morrisons are offering 10% discount to NHS workers’ shopping. To participate, simply show a valid NHS photo ID card at the checkout and they will deduct 10% off your shopping basket. The 10% discount will run from Thursday 16th April for 3 months.

Buying restrictions: No restrictions currently in place.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: N/A.

Key workers priority shopping: NHS hour from 6am to 7am Monday to Saturday, 9am – 9.30am. NHS Staff will need their work badge to get in and skip the queue.

Social distancing measures: Perspex screens at tills, where possible please use card payments, queuing system outside store to limit entry at busy times.


M&S

Buying restrictions:Two-item limit on frozen food, home products, groceries and eggs

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: First hour of trading Mondays and Thursdays – reserved for vulnerable and elderly.

Key workers priority shopping: First hour of trading Tuesday and Fridays for NHS and emergency services workers, health and social care workers.

Social distancing measures: Additional social distancing measures in place across stores (not further detail).


Sainsbury’s

Volunteer Shopping Card: Customers who have been advised to self-isolate have to rely on friends, family and local communities to collect their groceries for them; to help with this Sainsbury’s have launched a Volunteer Shopping Card to enable people to shop for others easily in store. Read more (You’ll need to click the link in the article to buy one): about.sainsburys.co.uk/news/latest-news.

Buying restrictions: Buying restrictions have been lifted on many products but remain in place for popular products such as pasta, UHT milk, antibacterial products and some tinned and frozen foods.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: 8am – 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be reserved for elderly customers.

Key workers priority shopping: Mon – Sat 7.30am – 8am will be reserved for NHS and social care workers (ID badge needed please).

Social distancing measures: Markings on floor in aisles and at checkouts, perspex screens at checkouts, queuing system outside store to limit entry at busy times, one adult per household in store (no couples where possible), pay with card / contactless where possible.


Tesco

Buxton is an Express store so priority shopping hours won’t apply but other local stores will: Tesco Superstore in Glossop, Tesco Superstore and Tesco Metro in Macclesfield.

Buying restrictions: Tesco have a shopping limit of 80 items per (online) order and removed multi-buy promotions. You’ll also be able to buy a maximum of 3 items of high-demand items such as pasta, toilet roll and hand sanitiser.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: Between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All stores (except Express stores).

Key workers priority shopping: NHS workers (with ID) Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 10am, browsing hour before checkouts open on Sunday.

Social distancing measures: Markings on floor in aisles and at checkouts with a one way system down aisles in the Buxton store, perspex screens at checkouts, queuing system outside store to limit entry at busy times, one adult per household in store, pay with card / contactless where possible.


Iceland

Buying restrictions: Some restrictions are in place on a small number of popular products such as hand soap and anti-bacterial gel.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: The first hour of trading, Monday – Saturday is dedicated to the elderly and vulnerable.

Key workers priority shopping: Final hour of trading, Monday – Saturday in all stores is dedicated to NHS workers (with valid ID).

Social distancing measures: Iceland are encouraging customers to stay 2m apart in store.


Waitrose

Buying restrictions: Waitrose shops are setting aside a proportion of hard-to-find and essential products exclusively for NHS staff, on production of an NHS card. Three-item limit on pasta, rice, UHT milk, toilet rolls, antibacterial and cleaning products, and some frozen food.

Elderly / vulnerable priority shopping: First hour of trading so Buxton store 8am – 9am Buxton Mon – Sat, 10am – 11am Sunday.

Key workers priority shopping: They are giving NHS staff priority checkout service to ensure they are able to get through as quickly and easily as possible.

Social distancing measures: Limiting the number of customers in the shop at any one time so expect to queue, perspex screens have been added to tills with 2m floor markings at tills, pay with card / contactless where possible.

Page updated Friday 24th April 2020.

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