The second national lockdown begins in England this week, and before the tightening restrictions, some supermarkets have updated their guidelines and rules for shoppers.

From Thursday (5th November) All non-essential stores will be forced to close Their doors once again, along with bars and restaurants, but educational venues and essential stores will remain open.

Among those flagship stores are Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose.

To make sure you are up-to-date with the latest guidelines, rules and regulations in place to keep shoppers safe, read the details below.


Tesco It said it might apply purchase limits to some basic products if there is high demand. At the time of writing, a statement from the supermarket said that its stores currently have “good stock levels”.

“We have more than doubled the number of home-shopping places for groceries, with more than a million deliveries and Click + Collect slots available every week. To support vulnerable customers, we ask customers to buy only what they need, so more people have access to groceries. the basic “.

Also encourage customers to shop in store instead of online to free up slots online.

The supermarket also introduces a new traffic light system to manage the number of customers inside at any time.

A statement from Tesco explains: “The system will monitor the flow of customers to and from our stores. If the number of customers exceeds the maximum allowed, a red light will appear. Once the customer is entering it is safe, the light will appear to turn green.”

Work times have also changed. Check when your nearest store will open Here.


Latest guidance from Waitrose It says its stores are open as usual, with additional measures in place to specifically help the elderly and frail.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, priority is given to the first opening hour at Waitrose supermarkets for elderly, frail and special needs shoppers.

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Waitrose also requires customers to send only one family member to do their shopping. A statement on the website adds: “While this will not be possible for everyone, we are very grateful to support our customers during this time of uncertainty.

“We encourage our customers to shop cashless and contactless to prevent unnecessary contact.”

When the second national lockdown begins, some services in stores will be suspended; Self-service coffee machines and grazing areas for bakeries and wine bars.

Starting Thursday, the cafes will be temporarily closed as well. A statement on the supermarket’s website read: “It will remain closed during the Christmas period to allow our partners to manage customer numbers in our branches during the holiday season, and our cafes will reopen in stages in January 2021.”


Statement on Asda “Our colleagues have worked tirelessly to provide the same level of great customer service during the coronavirus outbreak. We have rapidly changed the way we work to match orders across our product range,” the website says.

The supermarket places a protective layer on all handles of baskets and trolleys, creating an anti-microbial surface that limits the spread of bacteria. Asda reported that the same coating technology, called Biomaster X shield, is used to limit the spread of bacteria At NHS Nightingale Excel Hospital.

There are also Asda safety guards stationed at the front of each store and in supermarket aisles. These mates are there to remind customers to maintain social distancing while shopping.

Customers who do not have a cover when entering the store will be offered a pack of disposable masks that can be paid for at checkout.


The biggest change in Morrison’s It will be welcomed by many. Offers a 10 percent discount on groceries for primary, secondary, private, and specialist school teachers as well as for employees from private nurseries, colleges, and sixth grade colleges. In addition, the offer will apply to teaching assistants, catering staff, dinner ladies, caretakers, cleaners and office workers.

The discount will continue until after Christmas and run alongside the 10 percent discount already in place for NHS employees.

Teachers and school staff will be able to partake in a dedicated shopping hour alongside NHS workers from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. every Monday through Saturday. This is before opening stores to other customers.

“The teachers and school staff face many challenges and our children’s education has never been more important. This opponent is our way of expressing gratitude as they continue to nurture and teach our children,” said David Potts, CEO of Morrisons.

Teachers and school staff can claim a grocery discount by presenting a school ID with its photo in the locker at any of Morrisons’ 498 stores.

Morrisons advises online shoppers to book a delivery slot “as early as possible” due to high demand.


Sainsbury She has “welcome” outside her supermarkets that will continue to remind customers of Face Covering Rules – This applies to all supermarkets.

The grocery chain is offering priority access to home delivery slots to at-risk customers, and the number of home deliveries and available click-and-receive slots has been increased. The store is now able to accept new online customer registrations for these services.

NHS and care workers have priority entry from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and elderly, frail and disabled clients will have priority entry from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Opening hours have been extended in many of its stores. Find out more at your nearest store Here.

Clients are required to send only one adult per household to shop, wherever possible, in order to reduce queue sizes.

Staff will ask groups of more than one adult to choose one adult to shop and ask other adults to wait. Children are welcome if they cannot stay at home.

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In a recent letter to clients, Aldi CEO Giles Hurley reminded customers that all his stores have a traffic light system to ensure “a safe number of people can shop at any time while maintaining social distancing.”

At all budget retailers there are protective screens at all checkouts, customer sterilization stations and social distancing signs.

Customers have been encouraged to pay by card or contactless where possible, and the discount chain continues to provide NHS, blue light and priority access for vulnerable customers at specific times.

“Our colleagues wear face masks at the store unless they are behind screens when checking out, or are exempt for medical reasons. We thank you for our support and keeping others safe by wearing one too.

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


There is a crowd control system to help manage social distancing at Lidl stores. This includes placing security guards or team members at store entrances during busy times of the day to keep track of how many enter.

A traffic light system is also in place to encourage customers to shop at the quietest time.

Lidl has made changes to its bakery section. Their website states: “While we always encourage customers to use the tongs provided in our bakery, as a temporary measure, you will also notice that there are disposable gloves that you can use to carry bulk items on your own safely.”

Teams continue to pre-pack a selection of bulk bakery items for customers but the way things are done in this area of ​​the store will change if needed.

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