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Special Opening Hours for UK Grocery Stores During COVID 19 Lockdown

Grocery chains around the UK are designating special opening times for NHS workers and old or vulnerable customers to get the food and other products they need. Here is a summary.

If you work for the NHS or are elderly or vulnerable, you can shop at major UK grocery chains during special opening times. Not only will these times be less busy, but you're more likely to find the supplies you need to buy. The special opening times are first thing in the morning, when shelves will be relatively full after nighttime stocking and before the rush of general shoppers descends on the stores. Here are the special opening times for UK grocery chains:

NHS Special Opening Hours at Grocery Stores

  • Tesco (all stores except Express stores): 9am-10am Tuesday and Thursday, plus Sunday am browsing hour before checkouts open
  • Sainsbury's: 7:30am-9am Monday to Saturday
  • Morrisons: 7am-8am Monday to Saturday
  • Waitrose: first hour of shopping every day
  • Asda (larger stores): 8am - 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • M&S: first hour of shopping Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Co-op: 8am-9am Monday to Saturday and 10am-11am on Sundays
  • Aldi: 30 minutes prior to opening
chart showing NHS special opening hours for grocery stores

Elderly and Vulnerable Special Opening Hours at Grocery Stores

  • Tesco (all stores except Express stores): 9am-10am Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Sainsbury's: 8am-9am Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Morrisons: n/a
  • Waitrose: first hour of shopping every day
  • Asda (larger stores): n/a
  • M&S first hour of shopping Mondays and Thursdays
  • Co-op 8am-9am Monday to Saturday and 10am-11am on Sundays
  • Aldi: n/a
chart showing NHS special opening hours for grocery stores

Store Finders

To find the opening times for your local store, click on the store finder links below depending on where you like to shop.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team. Read more on LinkedIn.

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