Tesco issues important shopping advice to customers as Christmas countdown begins

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Christmas is likely to be very different for all this year, with celebrations smaller and more people ordering their food shop online. Supermarket giant Tesco has urged its shoppers to start thinking about the big day early in order to ensure they have everything they want and need to make Christmas special. The retailer is also continuing its dedicated shopping hours for vulnerable customers as well as ensuring NHS staff have priority access to do their grocery shop. 

With the big day less than two months away, supermarket shelves are starting to fill with festive goodies.

Tesco is the first supermarket to advise its customers to start shopping for Christmas now. 

Customers should also check their locals opening hours as they vary between stores. 

In their latest update of their coronavirus safety rules, the supermarket also asked its shoppers to be considerate of other customers when visiting one of its stores.

In a message to Tesco customers, the CEO asked shoppers to only buy what they need and urged them not to bulk buy products. 

Tesco CEO, Jason Tarry said: “Our stock levels are good, so there’s no need to buy more of your regular groceries than normal.”

However, he did advise people to start thinking about the big day earlier than normal in order to avoid long queues building up outside of its stores.

He added: “And as the festive season approaches, it’s always busier for our stores, so please consider shopping a little earlier than you usually would, to avoid the peak festive period.”

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The message also addressed the supermarkets coronavirus safety rules it has in place to protect its staff and customers.

Tesco is also urging customers to shop alone because it’ll help make the stores safer and make everyone’s shop faster as there won’t be a need for long queues outside. 

Once in-store, shoppers need to keep to the social distancing markings which are placed around the store floors. 

In order to help manage the flow of customers in and out of its supermarkets, Tesco has also introduced a traffic light system at the front of its stores.

The light will be green when customers are allowed to enter to shop and will be red when the store has reached its maximum capacity. 

Aldi was one of the first supermarkets to introduce a traffic light system a few months ago. 

If there is a queue outside and it’s raining, Tarry explains how staff will be handing out sanitised umbrellas in the larger supermarkets. 

In the UK, it is mandatory for customers to wear face masks when visiting a supermarket. 

Tarry added: “If you forget to bring one, you can pick up a pack at the front of the store and pay for it with your shopping later.”

To help vulnerable customers, the Tesco boss advised people to shop in-store to help keep the delivery slots free for anyone who may need them. 

The supermarket is also continuing its dedicated hours for vulnerable customers and they’re giving NHS workers priority access into its stores. 

For those who want to save money on their Christmas shop, Tesco has recently launched its Clubcard sale which sees price cuts across a huge variety of products.

The savings can be made across favourite brands including popular ice cream Carte D’Or, Birds Eye and McCain.

When you shop in-store, products included in the campaign will be marked with a promotional label so you can be sure to get the best deals.

Online, all items included in the sale will be highlighted in a box displaying the before and after price.

All customers need to do is scan their Clubcard or Clubcard fob at the checkout for the money to come off of their final bill. 

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