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NHS Supermarket Opening Times

Released on - 23/03/2020

NHS Supermarket Opening Times

Many of the UK’s biggest supermarkets have announced they are setting time aside for NHS workers to shop during the coronavirus outbreak. The measures are designed to help ensure that NHS workers, who are working tirelessly to  continue to provide healthcare, are able to buy the essentials as panic-buying continues across the country.

Here’s everything you need to know about the special shopping hours.

  • Asda: Asda has confirmed that it will be prioritising NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9am.
  • Co-op: Co-op has announced a special shopping hour for NHS staff, everyday for the first hour of trading. The dedicated hour is 8am to 9pm, Monday to Saturdays, and 10am and 11am on Sundays, in all stores. It won't be closing off stores to other customers during these times, but said it'll be prioritising NHS workers and vulnerable customers.
  • Iceland: Iceland is allowing only NHS staff to shop for the first hour of trade, every Monday to Saturday. Elderly and vulnerable people will be allowed to browse at the same time. 
  • M&S: M&S is reserving the first hour of opening in every store for NHS workers, every Tuesday and Friday. 
  • Morrisons: Morrisons has introduced an NHS hour at the beginning of every day (apart from Sunday) so that NHS workers can stock up on the products they need. 
  • Sainsbury’s: Sainsbury's is reserving 8am to 9am in stores, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for NHS and social care workers, alongside elderly and vulnerable customers.
  • Tesco: Every Sunday, all Tesco stores (except Express) will prioritise a browsing hour before checkouts open for NHS workers. 
  • Waitrose: Waitrose hasn't announced special hours, but said it will set aside a proportion of hard-to-find items exclusively for NHS staff.

The above information is correct as of 23.03.20 and is subject to change. 

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