Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda latest hours and rules for bank holiday shopping

Supermarkets across the country will change their opening hours again this weekend to comply with the latest closing and holiday laws.

Since the end of March, stores have changed opening times several times to accommodate changes in law and to help stock customers.

Now there will be shorter hours in effect across the country as we enter another holiday closing.

Stores are also constantly updating their lockout rules regarding who can shop at what times and what to buy.

These are the last lines and hours of Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and more …


Tesco stores are open on Bank Holiday Monday – with most opening hours between 8am and 6pm.

Larger stores have a priority hour for the NHS every Tuesday and Thursday and a search hour every Sunday.

All stores except Tesco Express stores also have an hour for the elderly and vulnerable groups from 9am to 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tesco currently has no restrictions on products – except for a limit of 80 items – and one online store per customer every seven days.


Asda stores are generally open from 8am to 8pm on public holidays, closing two hours earlier than usual.

Hours are different for Saturday and Sunday, so it’s worth checking the store finder for your local.

NHS and rescuers are given priority shopping at larger stores every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and browsing from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays.

There are occasional product limits and people are requested to shop independently where possible.


Aldi stores are usually open from 8am to 8pm on public holidays. There is some local variation on the Sunday of the holiday weekend.

In mid-April, opening hours were extended to 10:00 PM in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Throughout the day, key employees of the NHS, police and fire departments have priority on store queues, upon presentation of a valid ID. This includes all rescuers, first responders and St. John’s Ambulance personnel. This is in addition to early access on a Sunday, where they can enter stores 30 minutes before opening.

Aldi is also open 30 minutes early Monday through Saturday for the elderly (over 70) and the frail. In England and Wales this is for browsing only. In Scotland, purchases can be made during this period.


Most stores open at 7am or 8am on Bank Holiday Monday and close at 8pm earlier than usual.

Older and vulnerable customers are given a special hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8am and 9am.

NHS staff and caregivers are prioritized from 7:30 am to 8:00 am, Monday to Saturday.

People are asked to shop individually and online shopping is limited to one per customer every seven days.


Most branches are open on Bank Holiday Monday from 7am.

Morrisons introduced an NHS hour Monday through Saturday from 6am to 7am.

On Sundays, most stores open at 9:00 AM for NHS staff, then at 9:30 AM for all other customers to shop normally.

For all other stores that open later than 9:30 am, they open an hour earlier for NHS employees.

Morrisons has separate queues for people who use a trolley or a basket. It recently reopened in retail counters selling pizzas.

There are no product restrictions.

Marks and Spencer

Opening hours vary on public holidays, depending on the branch – generally the shops are open between 9am and 6pm.

The first hour is devoted to NHS, aid workers, health and care workers on Tuesday and Friday.

Vulnerable and older customers are given the first hour on Monday and Thursday.


Waitrose stores are open on Bank Holiday Monday, but opening times depend on the branch.

Generally, shops are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To support older and vulnerable customers, Morrisons offers a special shopping hour during the opening hours of each of its stores.

NHS staff and social workers are given priority access to shops and cash registers upon presentation of a suitable identity card.


Most stores are open normally and trade on Bank Holiday Monday. On April 23, they returned to regular opening hours.

Lidl says the shops are quieter after 2pm and are busiest from 8am to 11am.

There are no restrictions on what you can buy.


Most stores are now open from 7am to 8pm. Some are still open until 10pm.

There is a special shopping hour for vulnerable customers, caregivers and NHS employees from 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11am on Sunday.


Iceland shops are open during Bank Holiday weekend.

Priority hours for the elderly are offered from 8am to 9am. In some stores, the priority period is no longer necessary because older and vulnerable customers have followed the government’s advice to stay at home, stocks have normalized and panic purchases have disappeared.

NHS, health workers and aid workers are given exclusive access for the first trading hour from 7 am.

Find your nearest branch at the Iceland store locator here.


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