Supermarket lockdown rules for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi and M&S

12 January 2021, 12:14 | Updated: 12 January 2021, 14:37

Aldi was one of the first supermarkets to introduce a traffic light system
Aldi was one of the first supermarkets to introduce a traffic light system. Picture: PA

By Matt Drake

Boris Johnson has announced another national lockdown along with a whole roster of rules for England to try and reduce the rate of Covid-19 infections, including for when you go shopping.

The Prime Minister has set out further measures as part of a lockdown in England in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

People will only be allowed to leave their house for limited reasons

Mr Johnson said residents can leave their homes for shopping for necessities such as food and medicine, but only as infrequently as possible.

But what are the government rules and conditions have supermarkets imposed themselves?

Non-essential shops will close in all areas

All non-essential shops, hairdressers and personal care salons must close.

Supermarkets, pharmacies, off-licences, builders' merchants and garden centres can stay open, as can launderettes, car repair shops, car washes, banks, market stalls selling essentials and bike shops.

Restaurants and other hospitality venues can continue with delivery or takeaway only, but people will not be able to add alcohol to any orders they collect.

Entertainment venues such as cinemas, skating rinks and bowling alleys must remain closed.

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The major Wall-Mart chain said it will increase safety measures across stores in the UK with its new virtual queuing app called "Quidini".

Customers can wait in their cars until a slot becomes available.

Stores will also have added protective antimicrobial coating to several customers "touchpoints", such as handles in stores such as doors and trolleys.

The coating is intended to kill bacteria and viruses.


Tesco will be enforcing mask wearing and solo shopping.

A statement said: "We won’t let anyone into stores not wearing a face covering, unless they are exempt... We are also asking customers to shop alone, unless they’re a carer or with children... we will have additional security to help manage this".

Some stores have cordoned off what are deemed as "non-essential" items such as kitchenware and clothing.

It has employed a one in one out system used to control the number of people inside.

This is coupled with a traffic light system to let customers know if they can enter, which is green, and whether it is full to capacity, red.

READ MORE: The new lockdown rules for England explained

Morrisons offers a next-day doorstep delivery for customers who are self-isolating or unable to get to a store
Morrisons offers a next-day doorstep delivery for customers who are self-isolating or unable to get to a store. Picture: PA


Sainsbury's has said they will enforce the wearing of masks and shopping alone in their stores.

Trained security guards will be placed at shop entrances to “challenge” customers not wearing a mask or shopping in groups.

The store has Perspex screens between checkouts and hand sanitiser throughout stores, and queuing systems are also implemented when necessary.

Elderly and vulnerable customers will be prioritised for online delivery slots too and they will have priority entry from 8am to 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

NHS workers have priority from 7.30am to 8am between Monday and Saturday.

Chief executive Simon Roberts said in a statement: “I’ve spent a lot of time in our stores reviewing the latest situation over the last few days and on behalf of all my colleagues, I am asking our customers to help us keep everyone safe.

“The vast majority of customers are shopping safely, but I have also seen some customers trying to shop without a mask and shopping in larger family groups.

“Please help us to keep all our colleagues and customers safe by always wearing a mask and by shopping alone. Everyone’s care and consideration matters now more than ever.”


NEW: Morrisons also said it will refuse entry to people who refuse to wear a face covering unless they are medically exempt.

David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said: "Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won't be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt.

"Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind."

The store offers a next-day doorstep delivery for customers who are self-isolating or unable to get to a store.

People can also organise an emergency grocery delivery by phoning 0345 611 6111 and select option five.

NHS workers have priority access from 6-7am Monday to Saturday as well as 9.30am on Sundays.

The supermarket also has queues outside of shops and allow customers with a basket to skip the queue.


A traffic light system similar to Tescos is in place and was one of the first supermarkets to introduce the system during the initial lockdown.

Customers are also encouraged to pick quieter times, usually from 7pm to 10pm.


Although it has no specific store-wide restrictions in place, the supermarket asks customers to shop at quieter times and also encourage mask-wearing.


Shoppers can buy their items as they go through the store via their app.

This means customers do not have to pay at the checkout, as long as their basket does not total more than £30.

People can also book specific time slots to visit a store as part of the "book and shop" feature on the app.

The store also encourages face masks and has sanitiser points throughout the store, and perspex at checkouts.

READ MORE: UK records 58,784 new Covid cases - highest daily total ever

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How long is this lockdown expected to last?

The lockdown is expected to stay in place until the middle of February and police will have enforcement powers

It comes into force immediately and is expected to go on until the middle of February. The start of the February school half-term is scheduled for the middle of the month.

The lockdown is being enshrined in law and police can take action if people leave home without a reasonable excuse.

The police can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

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