With many lockdown rules lifted it can be easy to forget that we are in the middle of a pandemic – but there are still strict rules in place.
For most of us, shops are the most common place we confront these rules and supermarkets continue to change their systems.
Why buying limits are now all but scrapped, and most shops are operating pre-pandemic opening hours there are still rules you have to follow, EssexLive reports.
These are the latest changes and trials in place at major UK supermarkets – some which are already in force and some which could be the next new measure according to Which?
Changes to home deliveries
Sainsbury’s started delivering all shopping in plastic bags during lockdown to speed up deliveries – but as of August 30 the supermarket reverted to bag-less deliveries.
While Tesco has lifted its 80-item limit for online orders.
Trolley cleaning machine trial
Asda is trialling a trolley cleaning machine which will kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria in a matter of seconds.
Asda is the first supermarket to trial the new technology.
Virtual queuing system trials
At the moment shoppers may have to queue-up outside stores that are limiting the amount of customers allowed in at any given time.
But, that could soon be about to change.
Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are trialling virtual queuing system that lets customers wait in the car rather than standing in line.
Aldi has a traffic light system so you wait for green to enter the shop.
One-way aisle systems scrapped
Tesco has ended its one-way aisle system despite some backlash from shoppers.
While, Morrisons, which used to have different queuing zones for trolley shoppers and basket shoppers, has removed its queuing zones in some stores.
In-store cafes reopened
M&S, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose have reopened some in-store cafés, both for eat-in and takeaway dining.
Lidl has also reintroduced loose bakery items.
Will the two-metre rule be scrapped?
Since July 4 the government has allowed ‘one metre plus’ social distancing in England.
But so far no supermarkets have made changes to their current two-metre rules.
How Amazon is helping Morrisons
Morrisons has deepened its partnership with Amazon, with the supermarket’s entire range now available on the online retail giant’s website for same-day delivery to many customers.
However, the service is only available in London and southern England.