Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl and the latest winter rules for shoppers


Supermarkets have been a particularly important target throughout the 2020 pandemic. They fed the nation and were successful in reaching the most vulnerable in society who were told to protect themselves during the lockdown.

Fast forward from March to September, and supermarkets have become another focal point as cases of the coronavirus begin to reappear in parts of the country.

Panic buying has made a slight comeback, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of a tough winter ahead, many will wonder if supermarket rules will change or become stricter.

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We have listed the main rules that people must follow for each major supermarket.


Tesco still applies social distancing measures

CEO Jason Terry reached out to customers in early October to tell them about the arrangements they have in place for stores and delivery slots.

He says inventory levels remain good, but people should shop sensitively.

He added, “We have good levels of inventory, so shop as you normally would so that everyone can get what they need.

“We can also apply purchase limits to certain products essential to achieve this. “

Safe in store

  • Colleagues at the entrances of department stores to help people follow security measures and answer questions

  • A simple traffic light system will be in place at the entrances to department stores to help manage incoming and outgoing flows.

  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning stations are available around stores
  • Social distancing guidelines remain
  • Face masks must be worn indoors, unless a person is exempt
  • If anyone forgets, stores sell them at the entrances – so people can just grab one, put it on, and pay with the purchases later.

Delivery slots


Sainsbury's and Aldi have issued statements on face mask rules in their supermarkets
You could be fined £ 100 for not wearing a mask

Safe in store

  • Guidelines should be followed when imposed for local areas, and masks should be worn in store.
  • Greeters will be on hand in front of all busy supermarkets and convenience stores reminding customers to cover their faces when entering.
  • Those who do not cover their face when arriving at a store will be helped by colleagues so that they can get one.
  • All Sainsbury colleagues have face masks and all colleagues now wear face masks when working in the workshop and not behind a safety screen.
  • Store opening hours have been extended
  • Hand disinfection stations are placed around the shops as well as at the entrance.

Delivery slots

  • Priority access for vulnerable clients is still offered based on government information – with 600,000 people on this list.
  • There is now room for 700,000 weekly slots across the country – with existing and new customers having access to longer delivery times.
  • New customers can now sign up for home delivery and click and collect.

  • Vulnerable customers who cannot order online can give their store a call and there are now five times as many staff to deal with this.


Employee replenishes shelves at Morrisons supermarket

Safe in store

  • The supermarket has announced that it will reinstall its indoor and outdoor queuing systems in September.

  • Masks must be worn

  • There will again be staff in front of the store to monitor the number of customers arriving and manage the queue outside.

  • There will be arches and commissioners to help guide customers to the correct queue for carts or baskets.

  • Morrisons also urged customers to maintain social distancing guidelines when shopping to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Plexiglas screens, PPE for colleagues, floor markings and visible signage remain available.

Delivery slots

  • Morrisons says he handles a lot of delivery requests, and the slots available on the website are the only ones available.


People line up at an Asda supermarket, making sure they keep a distance between themselves and others

A statement on its website reads: “Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve all had to adapt to the many changes being made across the country to stay safe.

“COVID-19 always impacts every avenue in our lives, which is why our security initiatives are amended and updated in accordance with government guidelines to ensure Asda stores are as safe as possible for our colleagues and our clients.

Safe in store

  • Masks must be worn in store
  • Those who forget theirs can grab one from the front of the store and pay for it at the end.
  • Buyers are advised to buy only what they intend to buy
  • Security guards are now posted outside each store
  • More hand sanitizer stations were deployed in the busiest sections of all stores
  • In order to reduce contact, Asda has also deployed the “Scan and Go” mobile in all supermarkets, supermarkets and supercentres.

Delivery slots



Safe in store

  • Face masks are mandatory

  • A traffic light system is displayed at the entrance of stores to make sure people know how busy it is inside

  • It will also help keep in-store numbers low, with people being encouraged to wait outside during peak times.

  • Stocks are restocked daily, but buyers are encouraged to buy only what they need

  • The markers remain on the ground to encourage social distancing.

Delivery slots

A new click and collect service is being rolled out in select stores, to see if there are any near you – click here.


Well-stocked shelves became a rarity at the start of the pandemic

Safe in store

  • Face masks are mandatory

  • A traffic light system is displayed at the entrance to stores to make sure people know how busy it is inside

  • It will also help keep in-store numbers low, with people being encouraged to wait outside during peak times.

  • Disposable gloves should be worn as customers are handling bulk bakery products

  • Trolley disinfection stations remain available

  • Inventory levels are replenished frequently, but only buy what is needed.


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