Coronavirus: Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Morrisons, Waitrose and Co-op hours, restrictions, online delivery, priority hours for NHS and vulnerable customers, volunteer cards


The United Kingdom is in the process of “closure” and only essential stores remain open. This includes supermarkets and pharmacies.

Residents are also allowed to go outside to exercise once a day, not forgetting to stay at least 2 meters from others.

A delivery driver carries baskets of food while delivering an online purchase order to a resident of Morrisons supermarket. Image: OLI SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images Copyright: Getty Images

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The lock will be in place until at least early May.

Supermarkets have seen panic buying as shoppers rush to stock up on products such as toilet paper and canned goods.

This has led some stores to limit the number of products people can buy and has also changed opening hours.

Although some stores have started to lift restrictions in the past few days, some remain.

Shopper carrying toilet paper. Image: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images Copyright: 2020 Getty Images

Here’s what you need to know:

Fratton’s supermarket has again changed its opening hours.

At the start of the isolation, the supermarket was open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

A staff member scans the grocery store inside a Morrisons supermarket. Image: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) Copyright: Getty Images

However, hours have now been extended and Asda at Fratton is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Asda also offers priority access to NHS staff on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Buyers are also only allowed to buy up to three products on food, toiletries and cleaning products.

However, this no longer applies to refrigerated products, fruits and vegetables.

Sign outside of Asda in Fratton to notify buyers of reduced hours. Copyright: JPIMedia

Since the announcement of the foreclosure, Asda in Fratton has limited the number of authorized shoppers in the store at a time to maintain social distance – while those outside the store have to queue two meters each the other.

The company has also placed markings on the ground 2m apart between cash registers, auto-scan, kiosks, pharmacy, optics and service desks to help customers observe social distancing.

The supermarket giant also announced that in addition to paying full wages to employees identified as having to isolate themselves for 12 weeks, it offers fully paid leave to any vulnerable person, such as those over 70 or those who are pregnant, as well as caregivers of vulnerable people.

Asda also installed plexiglass screens at checkouts and kiosks to protect its staff. It also temporarily closed its cafes and deli counters.

Asda provides vulnerable workers with 12 weeks’ wages to allow them to isolate themselves and protect their health and that of their families.

Empty shelves in a supermarket. Image: OLI SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images Copyright: Getty Images

Asda promised a week’s extra pay in June.

Stores open 24 hours a day will now be closed overnight between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to allow replenishment.

The Crasswell Street supermarket and the Tesco Extra at the Pompey Center, Fratton, will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tesco Express stores are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tesco also announced that buyers will be limited to only three items on each product line – while multi-purchase promotions have been removed.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the supermarket will prioritize one hour for elderly and vulnerable buyers – it will be between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

On Sunday, it will open an hour earlier so NHS workers can have an hour of “browsing” before the crates open.

Tesco also expanded its home delivery and click & collect services after a surge in demand in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Only one member of a household is allowed at a time in Tesco stores as part of the coronavirus measures.

Tesco has also introduced a one-way system around its stores, with floor markers to allow shoppers to stay within two meters of each other.

He also promised staff a 10% bonus on all working hours.

The supermarket has also pledged to donate £ 30 million to its charity partners, including a £ 25 million food donation program to the Trussell Trust and Fare Share UK over the next 12 weeks, and 2 millions more pounds to the British Red Cross to help those in need.

Tesco said “major panic purchases” in the past few weeks have wiped out its supply chain of certain items, with sales jumped 30%.

Tesco also donated enough food to help provide 1 million meals to frontline NHS workers

This supermarket is also open for hours especially for the elderly and vulnerable – with 8 am to 9 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday dedicated to these shoppers.

The Sainsbury’s store on Commercial Road will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

NHS and social workers will be able to shop at Sainsbury’s from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday – just bring your NHS ID for priority access.

The supermarket has announced new security measures, including limiting the number of people allowed in stores and ATMs.

Sainsbury’s has promised staff a 10% bonus on all hours worked.

Sainsbury’s has also launched a volunteer purchasing card.

It allows friends and family to shop for the elderly or vulnerable who cannot get to the supermarket.

The Morrisons in Victory Retail Park will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, then from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Priority purchases will be made for NHS workers between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

The company’s chief executive, David Potts, said the company was donating £ 10 million to help replenish food banks across the country.

Speaking at the BBC breakfast, Mr. Potts said: “For many people who use food banks, this is their only store – so it is a very important part of society and we will play our role so that no one is left behind. “

He added that food donation areas would also be set up in stores and would be “very visible”.

Morrisons is now increasing the product limit to four out of three items per person, and removing them from certain products all together.

This service aims to support those who may have difficulty obtaining the essential groceries they need, due to the enormous demand placed on health services amid the coronavirus epidemic.

The supermarket also announced that shop workers would receive a bonus of £ 1,050.

Morrisons will offer a 30-minute delivery service to 130 stores for basic products, by partnering with the Deliveroo take-out delivery app.

The linkage, which was launched on Tuesday, aims to ensure that anyone isolated or unable to get to a store can get their food, the companies said.

About 70 products will be available, including chopped tomatoes, bread and chicken, as well as ready meals, including chicken tikka masala.

Morrisons will produce and deliver more than 100,000 food boxes a week for vulnerable and isolated people, the supermarket said.

If you shop online, Waitrose has placed restrictions on certain antibacterial soaps and wipes.

The Marmion Road store, Southsea, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Saturday.

On Friday, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waitrose dedicates the first opening hour as priority shopping time for the elderly, the most vulnerable and those who care for them.

Daily essentials will be set aside for NHS staff and will be given priority treatment upon departure.

Waitrose will also have dedicated commissioners to monitor the two-meter rule in the busiest stores and the number of customers admitted will be limited in order to be able to observe social distancing.

Stores have also introduced special protective visors at checkouts and other additional cleanliness measures are in place.

Waitrose has now announced that it is lifting restrictions on all fresh foods – so meat, poultry, fish and other fresh produce can be purchased freely with fruits and vegetables.

All front line workers in the Waitrose department store and supermarket will receive an additional £ 25 for each work week in April and May.

The reduction at Waitrose for all employees in its stores as well as for John Lewis has also been increased from 15% to 25% and will remain at 20% after the Covid-19 peak, the company said.

These new awards follow on from a 2% bonus that was given to all staff last month.

If you want to shop at Co-op, the city stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. or from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

There is priority shopping for vulnerable customers and those caring for them from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The cooperative has announced new measures to impose social distancing in its stores to protect customers and staff from the spread of the coronavirus.

The retail giant has introduced a range of measures in its 2,600 stores, including floor markers that will set a distance of one meter throughout the store and two meters of spacing for customer queues .

The cooperative also aims to limit the number of customers in stores at all times and to reduce the number of cases open, in order to allow greater distance between buyers.

Lidl stores in Portsmouth will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

They will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Lidl encourages customers to use contactless or card payment when possible, to buy only what they need, and to wash their hands regularly.

Over the holiday weekend, Lidl donated thousands of Easter gifts to those in need of a treat.

The city’s Aldi stores have now closed two hours earlier in the week.

They will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

However, Sunday hours will remain the same.

Nurses, police and firefighters will have priority in his queues with valid ID.

Aldi said it is easing purchasing restrictions for a range of products in its UK stores.

The discount supermarket has introduced an overall limit of four of each product after reports of panic purchase from customers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said he would also continue to limit customers to just two of his most popular items, including antibacterial hand gel, UHT milk and infant formula.

Meanwhile, items such as diapers, bleach, toilet paper, pasta, canned tomatoes, beer and hand wash will be limited to four items per person.

Products such as fresh fruits and vegetables and meat will no longer be rationed for buyers.

Aldi will also give staff a 10% bonus on all working hours.

Aldi launched online food delivery service for the first time to help vulnerable customers – read more here.

The supermarket has also launched a traffic light system to indicate when its stores are busiest – and when it is best to shop.

The end of the morning is the busiest, the stores being very crowded between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., quieter from noon to mid-afternoon, then quieter between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.


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