Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown in Britain, supermarkets have been at capacity to meet the nation’s needs.
But now as the nation settles in to life under the lockdown, the pressure on supermarkets is beginning to ease and restrictions are being lifted in some stores.
Here are all of the latest updates:
Products still restricted include:
- Hand wash (maximum of four products)
- Shower gel (maximum of four products)
- 12 units per online order on wines or spirits
- NHS, police and fire service have priority in queues in store upon showing a valid ID and have early access on a Sunday, 30 minutes prior to opening.
- 30 minutes early Monday – Saturday for the Elderly (over 70) and vulnerable.
- They have also extended their delivery time frame for all deliveries to 3 to 10 working days.
Aldi is extending its priority shopping arrangements for key workers.
All those entitled to a Blue Light card, including social care workers, first responders and St John’s Ambulance staff now join people working for the NHS, Police and Fire Service in having exclusive access to stores 30 minutes before normal opening on Sundays.
The supermarket, Tesco, have a three item limit across stores nationwide – except on Easter eggs.
- The NHS hours are on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am -10am in all large stores. Also on Sundays, an hour before the checkouts open.
- Elderly and vulnerable shopping hours are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9-10am for these customers. This does not include Express stores.
They have expanded their Home Delivery and Click & Collect capacity from 660,000 slots to around 780,000 delivery slots, and plan to increase this by another 100,000 in the next few weeks.
Waitrose has introduced an e-gift card for self-isolating customers who are unable to get to the shops themselves, and want to organise a simple, safe and contact-free payment for groceries delivered by friends, neighbours, family members or volunteers. The gift card can be purchased online at www.johnlewisgiftcard.com.
- All Waitrose food stores are open as usual.
- Priority delivery is being given to the elderly and vulnerable.
Waitrose shops are setting aside a proportion of hard-to-find and essential products exclusively for NHS staff, on production of an NHS card. They are also giving NHS staff priority checkout service to ensure they are able to get through as quickly and easily as possible.
Marks and Spencer
M&S have introduced temporary shopping restrictions on some items, this may vary from store to store.
- Store opening hours have changed so please check your store for up-to-date information.
- NHS staff have priority with M&S Banking between 6-7pm everyday.
Customers at the Co-op are being asked only to buy what they need. There is a two item limit on certain products across all stores.
- Most stores will now be open from 7am to 8pm.
- Vulnerable customers, carers and NHS shopping hours are from 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11am on Sundays in all their stores.
- They have also increased contactless payments to £45.
Lidl have lifted restrictions on items, except toilet paper and are allowing all customers to purchase ‘usual household’ quantities again.
- All stores are open but check your local shop.
- There are no designated shopping hours.
Iceland have introduced a temporary cap on sales of several products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes. There may be similar caps in store.
- Store opening times vary from location, check your local shop