Supermarket opening times for Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Lidl, Morrisons, Co-op, Iceland and M&S

Supermarkets have made dozens of changes during lockdown – to make things safer for shoppers.

Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 9:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 9:29 pm

Opening times have changed, there has been social distancing rules and each week seems to bring something new from the major stores.

Here’s some of the latest details you need to know


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Shoppers are seen inside a Tesco store wearing face masks (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Store opening hours are now 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. It is not currently reporting any changes to Bank Holiday hours.

NHS and care workers are prioritised in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am. As well as Sundays 9am to 10am for browsing.

Social distancing rules are in place for all customers who are asked to only touch items they intend to purchase and to use cashless payment wherever they can to minimise contact.

Every other self-checkout till is shut to maintain distance.

What are the latest supermarket opening times during lockdown?


All day everyday key workers in the NHS, Police and Fire Service will take priority ahead of queues, upon showing a valid ID.

This priority also includes all Blue Light Card holders including Social Care Workers, First Responders and St John’s Ambulance staff.

Aldi also opens 30 minutes early Monday - Saturday for elderly and vulnerable customers.

All Aldi stores are now open until 10pm. Online orders for wine and spirits are limited to 12 units per order.

Having already introduced measures such as perspex screens at checkouts, gloves for staff and social distancing markets throughout stores, Aldi is now providing staff with the option to wear face masks while on shift.


Morrisons has extended the opening times of its stores to open at 7am Monday-Saturday.

Branches will close at 8pm. Branches now open an hour early between Monday and Saturday for NHS staff - between 6am and 7am.

On Sundays, Morrisons will open at 9am for NHS workers to shop and will open at 9.30am for other customers.

This means that while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing Morrisons is removing its Sunday browsing hour.

There is still a customer limit at Morrisons stores which means you may be asked to wait outside until it is safe to enter.


Tesco recently confirmed a major change to its online delivery system but limited customers account to allow only one shop per week.

It is also continuing to limit customers to 80 items maximum when shopping online too.

Item restrictions have been removed from most products now, with only essentials such as soaps still being capped.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: "All our stores now close at 10pm. This gives us time to clean our stores, restock shelves and to get some rest.

"Also, some of our larger stores will now open at 8am, so that we can prioritise online deliveries for those that need it most.


Online shopping deliveries have been limited to one per customer per week.

Priority access to online shopping is being given to vulnerable customers from a database provided by the Government.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said: "We have now lifted buying restrictions on thousands of products to help more of you shop for others.

"We are keeping limits on the most popular items for now, including pasta, UHT milk, antibacterial products and some tinned and frozen foods."

Shopping in-store is restricted to one adult per household and a strict customer limit of how many are allowed inside at one time applies.

Shopping hours have been extended to 8am to 10pm and up to 11pm in some convenience stores.

The spokesperson added: "For elderly and vulnerable customers, we offer dedicated shopping hours between 08.00 and 09.00 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"And NHS and social care workers can shop in our supermarkets from 07.30 to 08.00 Monday to Saturday before they open."


Opening times vary. Check with your local store.

First hour of trading on Monday and Thursday is reserved for vulnerable and older customers.

First hour of trading on Tuesday and Friday is reserved for NHS and emergency services workers. Health and social care workers.


Waitrose currently have measures in place for the elderly, the vulnerable and those who look after them, with a prioritised shopping hour every day - first opening hour of the shop.

Waitrose stores have set aside a proportion of hard-to-find and essential products exclusively for NHS staff, on production of an NHS card.

It is also giving NHS staff priority access to shops and checkouts, to ensure they are able to get through as quickly and easily as possible.

The shop’s opening hours remain the same.

To check opening hours for your local store, visit:

If you are shopping online Waitrose has put restrictions on certain antibacterial soaps and wipes.


Lidl has been opening an hour earlier than usual in order to let elderly customers do their shopping.

To check the opening times of your local Lidl, visit:


Iceland said it would be opening its supermarkets early for elderly customers to visit before stores open to the public.

Each day, elderly shoppers can now visit between 8am - 9am to get their shopping first.

The final hour of trading Monday to Saturday will also be for NHS staff only.

Visit to check your local store’s opening times.


Co-op is offering priority shopping to the vulnerable and those who care for them from Monday to Saturday 8am - 9am and Sunday 10am – 11am.

To check opening hours for your local store, visit: