Over the past week supermarkets across North Staffordshire – and the rest of the UK – have changed their opening times slightly because of coronavirus and brought in measures to keep the elderly and vulnerable safe.
Toilet rolls, pasta, hand sanitiser and soap are among the products which are selling out fast as people panic buy during the pandemic.
These are the opening times – and times for those most at risk – to shop in our leading supermarkets.
(Times correct at time of publishing).
A spokesman for the store said: “From Monday, March 23, we are consolidating our opening hours and all our supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Saturday.
“Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol stations hours will stay the same. This means we can focus our store colleagues’ time on keeping shelves stocked and serving our customers well.
“Many of you have told us how much you appreciated the hour we set aside for elderly and vulnerable customers last Thursday and that you would like this to become a regular event.
“Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday all our supermarkets will dedicate 8am to 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as NHS and social care workers.”
From Monday, March 23, Sainsbury’s customers over the age of 70 and shoppers with a disability will also have priority access to online delivery slots.
The supermarket has made changes to its 24 hour stores – find your local here. Trading hours will now be 6am to 10pm, allowing staff more time to restock the shelves for the morning rush.
Tesco stores, except Express, will cater for the elderly and vulnerable between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Products such as anti-bacterial wipes, dried pasta and toilet roll are limited to two per person and the stores are closing all meat, fish, deli and salad counters.
Asda has revealed it is temporarily closing its 24 hour stores between 12am and 6am but you can check the opening hours for your local store, at www.storelocator.asda.com.
Customers will only be able to buy up to three of any product across all food items, toiletries and cleaning products and the cafes and pizza counters have been closed.
Marks & Spencer will be available on Monday and Thursday for the first hour of opening for the elderly and vulnerable and the same for emergency workers every Tuesday and Friday.
The store opens at 8am Monday to Saturday and at 10am on Sundays.
Stores are open from 8am with the first hour of trading for the elderly and vulnerable. There is a temporary cap on sales of several products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes.
Morrisons has not yet announced any changes to opening times, with most stores open from 7am – find your local here.
Customers are being restricted on purchases of cleaning products, with bleach capped at six per person and two for hand sanitisers.
In a statement on social media, Aldi wrote: “Thank you for being patient over the last few days while our stores have been busier than usual.
“Our amazing colleagues have been working very hard and we want to give them additional support whilst also allowing for product replenishment.
“Our daily opening hours will shorten slightly, and we will close at 8pm daily. Sunday opening hours will remain unchanged.
“This temporary change will be in place until further notice and will help stores be at their best every day.”
“Thank you for your continued support.”
Most Aldi stores are usually open until 10pm, so the new time will give staff two hours to restock the shelves for the next day.
The store will not be offering the elderly special shopping times, but will donate £250,000 to Age UK and there are limits of four items per customer on a range of products including tinned foods, pasta and toilet paper.
Lidl are to open their usual times of 8am until 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am until 4pm on Sundays.
There are no special opening times for the elderly or vulnerable.
Nationwide said it would open banks an hour early – at 8am instead of the usual 9am – to help those over the age of 70.