Tesco opening hours: What time is Tesco opening during the coronavirus epidemic?

All non-essential shops were ordered to close on March 23, but supermarkets have remained open in order to support the nation throughout lockdown. Supermarket staff are considered key workers, since they are providing essential services. Tesco’s opening hours have now changed across the UK in order to be able to restock overnight to cope with demands. Confusingly, supermarket rules and opening hours are constantly changing throughout lockdown. So when can we go to Tesco?

What are Tesco’s opening hours?

A spokesman for Tesco said at the start of lockdown that stores will no longer be open for 24 hours to enable the overnight restocking process and keep shelves full.

Stores were intially open at 6 am or 7 am in the morning and most closed at 10 pm. However, the opening hours have changed once more.

A spokesman for Tesco said: “All our stores now close at 10pm. This gives us time to clean our stores, restock shelves and to get some rest.

“Also, some of our larger stores will now open at 8am, so that we can prioritise online deliveries for those that need it most.

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Is Tesco opening earlier for the elderly and NHS staff?

Select hours have been carved out in each store to allow the vulnerable and NHS workers to shop without crowds.

Vulnerable shoppers will exclusively be able to shop from 9am till 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Sundays NHS workers will be able to browse for an hour before checkouts open and others are let in.

Tesco has asked other shoppers to ‘respect’ the need to leave shops free for key workers and the vulnerable.

The Tesco site says: “Please carefully check store opening hours before your visit.

“View store details to find out priority hours for NHS workers and elderly and vulnerable customers.”

Check your local store’s opening times here.

Is Tesco rationing items?

There was a three per person limit on every item in Tesco, online and in-store.

Paracetamol and toilet roll was also limited to two per person.

The rules have now changed, with the site explaining: “To make sure more people have access to everyday essentials, we’ve introduced a limit of 80 items per online order.

“As our stock levels are starting to return to normal, we’re removing purchase limits on most of our products.

“On some products such as toilet roll, alcohol, pasta, and hand sanitisers, we’ve kept these limits until we’re fully stocked up again.

“We continue to encourage customers to buy only what they need, to help make sure there’s enough for everyone.”

Is it safe to shop in Tesco?

Just like other supermarkets, Tesco has employed a number of social distancing measures to keep customers and staff safe.

The site says: “To make sure we’re doing everything possible to reduce the risk of infection for our customers and colleagues, we’ll be introducing new social distancing measures in our stores soon.

“To help limit the number of people in-store, when you arrive, we may help you park your car.

“If it’s raining or particularly cold, we may ask you to stay in your car to queue – we’ll let you know when you can come in.

“Floor markings in our car parks will help you to keep a safe distance when queuing.

“Where necessary, we’ll limit the flow of people coming into our stores to make sure they don’t get too busy.

“Hand sanitisers are being placed around our stores for customers and colleagues to use, as well as extra cleaning products to wipe down your trolley or basket.”

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Can I order from Tesco online?

Tesco’s delivery service is still open, but the supermarket has now suspended all new delivery sign-ups due to demand.

It is also very difficult to book a delivery slot for online shopping. There is no general delivery available until May 29 at the moment.

Tesco hopes to eventually set up delivery slots reserved for those in self-isolation who can’t leave their homes.

The site explains: “We’re at full capacity for the next few weeks, so if you’re able to shop in-store safely instead of booking a delivery, it would be a great help.

“This will allow us to start freeing up more slots for the more vulnerable. We’re looking at every opportunity to increase the number of slots available.

“As we increase our capacity, we’ll also set aside more of these slots for our most vulnerable customers.”

I am a vulnerable customer, how do I get a Tesco delivery slot?

Tesco’s site says: “We’re reserving hundreds of thousands of home delivery slots a week for our most vulnerable customers, who the Government have identified as needing extra help.

“We’ve already started contacting these customers to let them know we’re prioritising home delivery slots for them. As the Government gives us further lists, we will continue to contact these customers.”

How do Tesco deliver food safely?

Tesco is able to deliver your weekly shop to your door without making contact with you.

The site explains: “Our deliveries are continuing, and we’ll deliver to customers in self-isolation. You can let us know that you’re in self-isolation when you order (using the delivery notes box) or let the driver know at the door so that they can deliver safely.

“We’ll deliver your shopping in plastic bags to limit the time our driver has to spend on your doorstep, and we won’t charge you for any bags used.

“Our drivers have also been told how to check a customer’s age during these circumstances. For example, they may ask you to verify your age by showing them proof of identification, where possible, either from a distance or through a window/glass.

“Drivers may have to remove any age-restricted products from your order and return them to store for a refund if they can’t verify your age.”

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