Information about local supermarkets

Shop openings as at 23rd March

Special opening hours for the vulnerable categories of shopper, such as the elderly and those most at risk, as well as NHS staff and social care workers, have been put in place by major supermarket chains such as ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Iceland and others. Other measures - such as new cleaning stations, reduced opening hours, limits on items and social distancing practices - have also been introduced.

Everyone should limit going out for shopping as far as you can and you must stay at least 6 Feet or 2 Metres away from others whenever you’re away from your home – this will be difficult in supermarkets but do what you can. Wash your hands when leaving home and when returning home and keep them away from your face at all times. If you are in a vulnerable category you should seek to get family, friends or a known volunteer group to do your shopping.

Use contactless, (new card limit of £45.00) and cashless payments wherever possible.


Shops which are usually open until 10pm or are 24/7 are now only open from 8am until 8pm to restock.

Those who fall into vulnerable categories and their carers are prioritised between 8am and 9am so if you’re not in a vulnerable category please don’t arrive until later.

NHS workers will also get priority access in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.

A maximum of three items of any product will be allowed to be purchased.

To find information about your local shop, click here .


Shops are now only open from 8am until 8pm Monday to Saturday.

From 8am to 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Sainsbury's is only open for the most at need groups. Sainsbury’s will also give priority access to online delivery slots for the over-70s.

From 7.30am to 8am from Monday to Saturday Sainsbury's is for NHS staff and social care workers only, bring a valid form of ID, such as an NHS staff card.

Customers will be able to buy a maximum of three of any grocery products and a maximum of two of the most popular products including toilet paper, soap and UHT milk.

Opening hours in supermarkets on Sunday, in petrol stations and in Sainsbury’s Locals have not changed.

To find your local store, click here .


Tesco stores are also now opening at 6am and closing at 10pm for restocking and cleaning.

The priority shopping hour for vulnerable and elderly customers is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 10am. This is in all Extras, Superstores and Metros but is not available in Express stores.

NHS staff will be able to visit stores from 5am on Sundays for priority shopping time. Eligible staff must bring a valid form of ID with them to store, such as an NHS staff card.

A store-wide restriction of only three items per customer exists on every product line.

To find your local store, click here .


Stores are open from 8am to 8pm for everyone else. Sundays remain the same at 10am to 4pm.

From 7am to 8am people working in the NHS have priority shopping hours with the production of a valid staff ID.

Every online product will be restricted to three per customer. Customers will be restricted on purchases of cleaning products, with bleach capped at six bottles per person and two for hand sanitisers.

To find your local store, click here .


Stores are now open from 8am until 8pm until further notice.

Lidl has implemented reduced shopping hours. We have no information released regarding vulnerable categories nor NHS staff.

Limits of four items per customer on a range of products including tinned foods, pasta and toilet paper are in place.

To find your local store, click here .


Opening hours are from from 8am until 8pm only - Sunday opening hours remain the same at 10am to 4pm. There are no priority hours for vulnerable customers or NHS staff.

All nappies and paper products, such as toilet and kitchen roll, are restricted to two items per customer. All other products remain restricted to four items per customer, with the exception of non-food Specialbuys, Easter products and fresh flowers which have no restrictions.

To find your local store, click here .


Stores open from 7am to 10pm, but some branches will be closing early, the company said. The first opening hour of all stores - 7am until 8am - is dedicated to vulnerable categories.

Waitrose shops will set aside a proportion of "hard-to-find and essential product" from every delivery that arrives into its supermarkets exclusively for NHS staff, on production of an NHS card.

NHS staff will be given priority checkout service in the retailer's shops to ensure they are able to get through as quickly and easily as possible - through either dedicated NHS checkouts, opening up new tills for them as needed or moving to the front of the queue.

In addition to existing limits on some online items, there will be a limit of three for any specific grocery item, and a maximum of two packets of toilet roll per customer buying in shops.

To find your local store, click here .


Most stores open from 6am or 7am until 8pm. Contact your local store for opening times.

From 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11am on Sundays, vulnerable categories of customer will be able to enjoy priority shopping hours.

Customers are restricted from purchasing more than two products on some lines, including hand sanitiser, soap, tinned goods, pasta, rice, long-life milk, sugar, baby food and nappies.

To find your local store, click here.


Iceland offers priority to elderly and vulnerable customers in all 121 of their The Food Warehouse stores across the UK from 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday, and have encouraged the managers of all 855 Iceland stores to offer the same priority in the first hour of trading each day.

Iceland is also offering exclusive access to NHS workers in The Food Warehouse from 7am to 8am each day, and in Iceland stores for the last hour of trading each day. NHS photo ID must be shown to gain access to the store and only card payments - ideally contactless - will be accepted.

The supermarket has introduced a temporary cap on sales of several products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes.

To find your local store, click here .

Marks & Spencer

Store opening times vary from 7am to 8am, and some stores will be closing earlier. Shoppers are advised to contact their local store for more information on shopping times.

The first hour of trading at all stores will be dedicated to vulnerable categories of shopper on Mondays and Thursdays.

A special NHS shopping hour has also been introduced during the first hour of trading on Tuesdays and Fridays. Staff must bring a valid form of ID, such as an NHS staff card.

A three-item limit on certain products and a limit of two packets of toilet roll are in place.

To find your local store, click here .