In order to control the spread of the coronavirus, retailers across the country continue to review security measures, which means regular changes for customers.
This week, Sainsbury’s extended hours of operation while Tesco introduced parking guidelines.
It can be difficult to keep track of all the changes and rules you need to follow, so below we have listed updates from supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
Some changes have an impact on how buyers order and use home delivery while others are around the new NHS priority deadlines.
Asda has now placed a message on its website advising customers who purchase online that they will not be able to change their order until the last three days before its due date.
The message reads as follows: “You can only modify your order within the last three days before it expires. The cut-off time is 10 p.m. This helps us manage the demand so that we can serve everyone. “
Asda is also asking customers to think before they shop online and allow the delivery slots to be taken by those who need it most.
Starting today, the vast majority of supermarkets will now be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., giving customers two extra hours to shop.
Convenience stores will also extend their hours of operation to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
Closed gas station stores will begin to reopen in about a week with new Perspex screens to protect staff and customers from the virus.
This means that the NHS and social workers can shop in stores from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday before they open.
For elderly and vulnerable customers, there are dedicated shopping hours between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Updating customers on its website, Tesco has three new parking rules. We have described them below.
Tesco said, “To limit the number of people in the store, when you arrive we can help you park your car. “
Queue in cars
The message adds: “If it’s raining or it’s particularly cold, we may ask you to stay in your car to queue – we’ll let you know when you can get in. “
Parking lot markings will help you keep a safe distance when queuing.
Morrisons, like many other supermarkets, has introduced an NHS hour. From 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday, all colleagues with an NHS badge can enter the store to do their shopping.
There is also one cart per customer transaction to ensure buyers follow the latest government advice. This means that only one member of a household should go out to the essential store.
Stickers were also placed on the floor to remind people of the rules of social distancing.
Staff also control the number of people allowed to enter the supermarket at any time to ensure social distance.