Latest supermarket rules you need to follow as three-tier lockdown is introduced

The Government's new coronavirus guidance is now active following their latest announcement.

The controversial three tier lockdown system was unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the start of last week.

In a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19, there are new, local rules for different parts of the country.

It ranks areas based on a 'medium', 'high' or 'very high' alert level – and the measures differ across the country.

Many people living in areas where cases are soaring fear a repeat of the scenes we saw in supermarkets up and down the country back in March and April.

Liverpool was the first place in the country to be placed in Tier 3, and have now been followed by Lancashire.

Now, the top stores across the UK have updated customers following the Government's latest announcement.

To help protect the public, a number of rules are in place to keep everyone safe in our favourite and trusted chains.

CambridgeshireLive have put together a handy store-by-store guide to the regulations now in place.


Tesco has introduced a traffic light systems in its larger stores to help customers know when it's safe to enter.

Its CEO confirmed the changes in an email to shoppers and it's hoped the system will help manage the flow of customers going in and out of stores.

Tesco CEO, Jason Tarry, said: "Over the coming weeks, you will also start to see a simple ‘traffic light’ system at the entrances of some of our larger stores, to help us manage the flow in and out."

Customers can also use hand sanitizers which are placed around stores, floor markings, separate exits and entrances where possible and, in some stores, there are item limits.


Sainsbury's says customers are still required to wear face masks in their stores, unless exempt.

The store's most vulnerable customers are still being given priority access to home delivery slots but, as a result, Sainsbury's has also increased the number of home delivery and Click and Collect slots available and can now offer 700,000 weekly slots.

NHS and care workers will still have priority entry from 7:30am to 8am Monday to Saturday and elderly, vulnerable and disabled customers will still have priority entry from 8am to 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Customer sanitiser stations have also been rolled out in stores for some time.


Asda has been applying a protective coating to all basket and trolley handles, creating an antimicrobial surface that limits the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Customers should also only pick up items they intend on buying and to limit distance when shopping around others.

You must wear a face-covering while in store and 1,000 Asda Safety Marshals have now been employed. They're stationed at the front of every store.

Some of their stores are now open 24 hours. To find out your local store opening times, visit their store locator.


Morrisons is taking a number of steps to help keep customers safe.

These include spraying and sanitizing handles and touch points across their stores.

Marshals will also be stood at the front of stores to help assist customers.

Speedy shop options are also available to help reduce time in store.


Their busiest time is between 11am-3pm, and they've now extended their hours so they have more time to shop safely.

Normal Sunday opening hours remain in place.

To find your local store opening times, visit their Store Finder page.

It's also mandatory to wear a face mask in store, unless you're exempt.


Lidl has a traffic light system in place to help notify shoppers of the quietest times.

Busy times tend to be 8-11am, 'average' is hours between 11am-2pm and the quietest times are between 2pm-close.

To maintain hygiene, disposable gloves are also available for you to use in order to bag loose items yourself. This typically affects the bakery section.

Their teams are also continuing to pre-bag a selection of loose bakery items for you.

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