‘It’s needed’: Tesco to continue priority shopping hours as restrictions ease

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Supermarkets have regularly updated customers throughout the pandemic on various different safety rules and measures. As lockdown restrictions ease further in the UK, Tesco has updated shoppers with new guidance, including the continuation of its priority shopping hours.

Tesco said: We’re continuing to set time aside for customers who need or want a quieter shopping experience, to make sure that everyone can shop safely.

“Please check our store locator for your local store’s hours.”

While this time is said to vary from store-to-store, a huge majority of the priority shopping hours take place on a Wednesday between 9am and 10am.

The priority hour is available for both elderly and vulnerable customers.

Taking to Twitter to share their shopping experience, one shopper said: “Took my mum to Tesco when it was quieter and it was a great experience, staff very accommodating too.”

Another wrote: “I hope this service continues for a long time, it’s needed.”

NHS, emergency service, and care workers with a valid ID also continue to have priority access to stores at all times.

The retailer also urges customers to continue to wear a face mask if possible.

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Tesco said: “Although the legal requirement to wear a face covering in England ends on July 19, the Government expects and recommends that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces.

“So we’re encouraging our colleagues and you, or customers, to continue wearing face coverings if you can.

“For our customers and colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, face coverings remain mandatory unless exempt, as set out in Government guidance.”

Shoppers can also continue to use the sanitising stations at the store entrances.

Tesco has said it will keep the screens at checkouts as well as monitoring customer numbers through its traffic light system.

Meanwhile, discount supermarket Aldi has shared its quietest store times.

The retailer said: “Sometimes the best times to shop are the quietest times. Our handy chart shows our busiest times are between 11am and 3pm.”

Quieter times tend to be in the morning between 8am and 11am and then again before closing between 7pm and 10pm.

Sainsbury’s said: “Where Government restrictions apply, we will offer elderly and vulnerable customers and NHS and care workers with an NHS ID priority access to our stores.

“This means you can skip the queue at any time so that we can welcome you into our stores quickly and safely.”

Supermarkets have regularly updated customers throughout the pandemic with various different rules and guidance.

This has been done so in line with Government guidance.

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