Lockdown rules for Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons

New national lockdown rules will come into force on Thursday forcing shops across the country to close.

All non-essential retailers will have to shut their doors and won’t be allowed to reopen until December 2.

There are also fears that date could be extended if the rate of coronavirus does not come down quickly enough.

Supermarkets in England won’t be banned from selling non-essential items – as those in Wales have been.

These are the latest lockdown rules for supermarkets in England as of this week, according to MEN.

Tesco

Tesco is encouraging people to shop in store where possible, because of the demand for home deliveries.

Larger stores now have a traffic lighht entry system to reduce numbers in branches.

The latest Tesco advice reads: “To help more people shop in-store at times that are quieter or more convenient, we’ve extended the opening hours in many of our shops, although the majority remain closed overnight.

“To find the latest opening hours for your local store, please visit our store locator.

“We’ve more than doubled the number of online slots to 1.5 million each week. This is to help anyone who’s unable to shop in‐store – especially our most vulnerable customers – so they can access our online service. “

There are one-way systems and hand sanitisers throughout the shops.

In terms of purchase limits, Tesco says: “We’re continuing to encourage customers to buy only what they need, to help make sure there’s enough for everyone.

“We have good stock levels, so please shop as you normally would so that everyone is able to get what they need. We may apply buying limits to some essential products to help with that too.”

Tesco continues to have priority shopping hours for NHS staff and the vulnerable.

Asda

Asda says: “Our colleagues have been working tirelessly to provide the same level of great customer service during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have quickly shifted how we work to match demands across our range of products.

“We have introduced new initiatives to supplement the comprehensive safety measures that make our Asda stores a COVID-19 secure place to shop and work. These changes adhere to the advice from the Government and have been put in place to keep you and our colleagues safe.”

The following precautions have been put in place in Asda supermarkets:

Face coverings – Customers must wear face coverings while in store. Customers can enter Asda stores without a face covering if they have a medical condition or invisible disability that prevents them from wearing a covering.

Following the recent change in Government guidance, all Asda store colleagues will now wear a covering while at work unless they have a medical exemption. Asda has always encouraged its colleagues to wear a covering by offering them a choice of disposable and reusable coverings and visors. Colleagues not wearing face coverings due to medical reason will be wearing a badge to help our customers feel reassured.

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Asda Safety Marshals – Asda has created 1,000 new Asda Safety Marshals stationed at the front of every store and in the aisles of larger stores. These colleagues will be on hand to help customers with safety queries and reiterate Government guidelines to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while they shop. Customers who do not have a covering when they enter the store will be offered a pack of disposable masks that they can pay for as they complete their shopping.

Additionally, those marshals stationed at the store entrance will provide sanitised baskets / trolleys to customer as they enter the store.

Additional hand sanitisation stations – Asda has introduced additional hand sanitisation stations in the busiest sections of all stores in addition to the multiple cleaning points already found throughout stores.

Antimicrobial handles – Asda is applying a protective coating to all basket and trolley handles, creating an antimicrobial surface that limits the spread of bacteria. The same coating technology (Biomaster X shield) is already used to limit the spread of bacteria in the NHS Nightingale Excel hospital.

Social distancing – Keeping customers and colleagues safe has been a priority throughout lockdown and this remains unchanged as social distancing measures are gradually eased. As parts of the UK refine their safety measures and new changes are implemented, Asda continues to support these across stores in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Hygiene measures – Asda takes the safety of customers and colleagues very seriously and has a number of hygiene measures in stores, including the use of sanitiser spray and increased cleaning in busy areas. Asda has also placed perspex screens at checkouts and kiosks to protect our colleagues.

Store opening hours – Some stores are now open 24 hours. To find out your local store opening times, visit the store locator.

Scan & Go – To help reduce contact in stores Asda jas rolled out ‘Scan and Go’ mobile to all supermarkets, superstores and supercentres. Customers can use their own device to scan their shopping and pack as they go. Many of the larger stores also offer Scan & Go handsets in addition to Scan & Go mobile.

Contactless payments – Credit and debit card contactless payment limit amount has now been increased to £45.

Aldi

In a recent letter to shoppers, Aldi’s CEO, Giles Hurley, wrote: “As new government guidance is introduced across different parts of the UK, I want to reassure you about the measures in place to ensure that you can continue to shop safely at your local Aldi.

• All our stores have a traffic light system at entrances to ensure a safe number of people can shop at any one time, whilst maintaining social distancing.
• We have protective screens at all 7,000 of our checkouts and all stores have sanitisation stations for customer use.
• There are clear signs and social distancing markers advising how to shop safely.
• We are encouraging payment by card or contactless when possible, with an increased contactless limit of £45.
• We continue to provide NHS, blue light and vulnerable customers priority access at specific times.

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“Our colleagues wear face masks in store unless they are behind screens at the checkout, or are exempt for medical reasons. Thank you for supporting us and keeping others safe by wearing one too.

“All of our stores are fully stocked, we have good availability and there are regular deliveries, at least once a day. There is no need to buy more than normal so please shop considerately.

“If you can’t make it into one of our stores, we are increasing the availability of our new click and collect service, which is now available in 12 locations, with more stores being added weekly.”

Lidl

Lidl says: “We’ve put a crowd control system in place to help manage social distancing in our stores. This includes positioning security guards or designated team members at our store entrances during busy times of the day, to keep track of how many customers enter our stores at one time.

“Rest assured we are continuing to work closely with the government during these challenging times to ensure the correct measures are put in place in our stores, for the safety of both our team members and customers.

“To help you plan your next store visit, we’ve put a traffic light system in place so you can find the quietest time to shop.

“Wearing a face covering in our stores is mandatory in Scotland, England and Wales in line with government regulations, to help keep everyone safe.

“If the Perspex screens at our tills do not provide an adequate level of separation between members of staff and our customers, then our staff members will be wearing face coverings as an additional level of protection.”

Lidl has also introduced changes to its bakery section. The website reads: “Whilst we always urge customers to use the tongs provided in our bakery, as a temporary measure, you’ll also notice there are disposable gloves for you to use in order to bag loose items yourself, safely. In addition to this, our teams are continuing to pre-bag a selection of loose bakery items for you. We’re continuing to monitor this area of our store, and will change the way we’re doing things if necessary.”

Sainsbury’s

The Sainsbury’s website states the following information:

  • Please follow official guidelines for your local area and wear a face covering when shopping in our stores in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Greeters will be on hand outside all supermarkets and busy convenience stores to remind customers to wear face coverings when they enter the store. If you do not have a face covering when you arrive at a store, our colleagues will help you find one.
  • We have provided all Sainsbury’s colleagues with face coverings and all colleagues now wear face coverings when they are working on the shop floor and not behind a safety screen.
  • We’re continuing to offer priority access to home delivery slots for the most vulnerable customers, and based on information received from the Government, we’ve been able to contact over 600,000 customers and offer priority access.
  • We’ve increased the number of home delivery and Click and Collect slots available and can now offer 700,000 weekly slots. As a result, both our existing customers and new customers have access to more slots.
  • We are now able to accept new customer registrations online for home delivery and Click and Collect slots. We are also now accepting new Delivery Pass registrations.
  • For vulnerable customers who have been offered a slot and are unable to place their order online, we are offering a telephone ordering service and we now have five times the number of colleagues on hand to help with this.
  • To reduce queuing times both inside and outside our stores we have extended many of our stores opening hours.
  • Customers are now welcome to shop with us at any time during store opening hours, however NHS and care workers will still have priority entry from 7:30am to 8am Monday to Saturday and elderly, vulnerable and disabled customers will still have priority entry from 8am to 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • We have also rolled out new customer sanitiser stations in our supermarkets so that customers can sanitise their hands, baskets and trollies at the front of our stores. This is in addition to our colleagues regularly sanitising all of our baskets and trollies before use.
  • We have installed perspex safety screens in our petrol filling station stores and have extended our opening hours in many Convenience stores to 10pm or 11pm. You can check the latest opening hours in your area before shopping.
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  • We have launched a Volunteer Shopping Card to enable people to shop for others easily in store.
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Morrisons

Morrisons is advising online shoppers to book a delivery slot ‘as far in advance as possible’ due to high demand.

Customers who are self-isolating are asked to mention this in the Delivery Instructions section at checkout.

Those who are self-isolating and in need of an emergency grocery delivery need to phone 0345 611 6111 and select option five.

NHS workers also still have priority access to a Morrisons store who can visit a store from 6-7am, Monday to Saturday, and 9:30am on Sundays to be able to shop when it is quieter.