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Coronavirus: Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl and Co-Op restrictions, opening times, priority hours for NHS and vulnerable customers during coronavirus outbreak

The UK has gone into full ‘lockdown’ with only essential shop to remain open. This includes supermarkets and pharmacies. Residents are also allowed to go outside to exercise once a day – being reminded to stay at least 2m away from other people. Sign outside Asda in Fratton notifying shoppers of reduced hours. Copyright: JPIMediaSign…

The UK has gone into full ‘lockdown’ with only essential shop to remain open.

This includes supermarkets and pharmacies.

Residents are also allowed to go outside to exercise once a day – being reminded to stay at least 2m away from other people.

Sign outside Asda in Fratton notifying shoppers of reduced hours. Copyright: JPIMedia

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Groups of more than two people are no longer allowed, under the announcement made by the Prime Minister in a national address on Monday.

Supermarkets have seen panic buying as shoppers rush to stock up on goods such as toilet roll and tinned food.

This has led some shops to put in limits on the number of products people can purchase and also changed opening times.

Empty shelves in a supermarket. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images Copyright: Getty Images

Here is what you need to know:

Asda

The supermarket will be shutting its store in Fratton earlier than usual on week days.

A sign outside the store will open at the later time of 8am and shut at 8pm – instead of 11pm on weekdays.

The changes will started on March 21.

Asda is also offering priority access to NHS staff on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 9am.

Shoppers are also only allowed to purchase up to three of any product across all food items, toiletries and cleaning products.

Since the lockdown was announced on Monday, the Asda in Fratton is limiting the number of shoppers allowed in the store at a time to maintain social distancing – while those outside the store have to queue two metres apart.

Tesco

The 24 hour stores will now shut overnight between 10pm and 6am to allow for restocking.

The superstore in Crasswell Street and the Tesco Extra in the Pompey Centre, Fratton, will be open from 7am to 10pm.

Tesco Express stores are open from 6am to 10pm.

Tesco has also announced that shoppers will be limited to only three items on every product line – while multi-buy promotions have been removed.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday the supermarket will be prioritising one hour for elderly and vulnerable shoppers – this will be between 9am and 10am.

While on Sunday it will open an hour earlier for NHS workers to have a ‘browsing’ hour before the checkouts open.

Sainsbury’s

This supermarket will also be running hours specifically for the elderly and vulnerable – with the 8am to 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays dedicated to these shoppers.

The Sainsbury’s store in Commercial Road will be open from 8am to 7pm on weekdays, 7.30am to 7pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

NHS and social care workers will be able to shop in Sainsbury’s from 7.30am to 8am Mondays to Saturdays – just bring along your NHS ID for priority access.

The supermarket has announced new safety measures, including limiting the number of people allowed in stores and at ATMs.

Morrisons

The Morrisons in Victory Retail Park will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday then 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

There will be priority shopping for NHS workers between 7am and 8am Monday to Saturday.

Morrisons is limiting purchases customers can make on more than 1,000 products in store and online.

Waitrose

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

The store in Marmion Road, Southsea, will be open from 8am to 8pm on Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays.

On Friday it will be open from 8am to 9pm and Sunday it is open from 10am to 4pm.

Waitrose will be dedicating the first hour of opening as a priority shopping time for the elderly, the vulnerable and those who look after them.

Daily essentials will be set aside for NHS staff and they will get priority treatment at checkout.

Waitrose will also have dedicated marshals to monitor the two metre rule in busiest shops and number of customers allowed in will be limited so social distancing can be observed.

Shops have also introduced special protective visors at checkouts and there are other extra cleanliness measures in place.

Co-op

If you ware wanting to shop at Co-op, the shops in the city will be open from 7am to 11pm or 7am to 10pm everyday.

There is priority shopping for vulnerable customer sand those who care for them 8am to 9am on Mondays through Saturdays and 10am to 11am on Sunday.

The Co-op has announced new measures to enforce social distancing in its stores in a bid to protect customers and staff from the spread of coronavirus.

The retail giant has introduced a range of measures across its 2,600 stores, including floor markers which will define a one-metre distance throughout the store and two-metre spacing for customer queues.

The Co-op is also aiming to limit the number of customers in stores at any one time as well as reducing the number of tills open, to allow greater distance between shoppers.

Lidl

The Lidl stores across Portsmouth will be open from 8am to 10pm Mondays through Saturdays.

They will also be open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Lidl are encouraging customers to use contactless or card payments when possible, buy only what they need and to wash their hands regularly.

Aldi

The budget supermarket is putting a restrictions of four items of any one product for shoppers.

Aldi stores across the city now shut two hours earlier on weekdays.

They will be open from 8am to 8pm instead of 10pm.

However Sunday hours will remain the same.

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