Level 3 rules for families and couples shopping together at Aldi, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Lidl


As Manchester prepares to join the list of cities with Tier 3 lockdown restrictions, many people are confused about the rules for shopping – especially for popular supermarkets like Asda, Tesco, Aldi, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. The restrictions will take effect at 0.01 a.m. on Friday, October 23.

Under new Level 3 restrictions, stores are allowed to remain open – including supermarkets and those that were classified as “non-essential” earlier this year.

However, under the new rules, shoppers will not be able to meet anyone outside of their home or social bubble when they go shopping.

The rules also mean shopping trips to places like Primark and the Trafford Center are out of reach for friends and family who don’t live together or in a bubble.

There is no change in the law regarding couples and families buying together (provided they live together or are part of the same social bubble), but individual supermarkets have their own rules on people who can shop in stores.

Here are all the latest rules for couple and family shopping for all major supermarkets.

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Asda asks people to shop on their own when possible.


Aldi currently advises people to shop on their own whenever possible and has a traffic light system in stores to limit the number of people inside at all times.


Tesco has asked buyers to shop on their own whenever possible.


Sainsbury’s continued to ask “everyone to send only one adult per household to our stores”.

A spokesperson said: “It helps us keep people at a safe distance and also helps reduce queues to enter stores.

“Our store teams will ask groups of more than one adult to pick an adult to shop and have other adults wait.

“Children are welcome if they cannot stay at home. “


Lidl is currently limiting the number of people in stores, but has not issued any guidelines on couples and families.


Morrisons is currently encouraging buyers to adhere to its “one person per cart” rule.


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