Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s: Latest priority shopping rules and discounts for NHS staff

During the coronavirus pandemic, a number of supermarkets have changed their policies to help NHS staff and elderly and vulnerable customers. Stores including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Aldi have all updated rules to accommodate. This is the full list of changes and discounts available.


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Supermarkets have enforced social distancing measures during the pandemic including limiting how many customers can enter.

This has led to long queues outside stores which may make it difficult for NHS workers and vulnerable customers to shop.

Many retailers have made changes to ensure these people can browse in stores more early.


The supermarket giant changed opening hours to dedicate time for NHS workers and vulnerable customers.

NHS staff can exclusively shop between 9am and 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and an hour early on Sundays.

Elderly customers can shop between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The retailer also urged online customers to help free up delivery spaces for those most in need.

It’s website reads: “We know that it’s difficult right now to get a delivery slot for online shopping.

“We’re at full capacity for the next few weeks, so if you’re able to shop in-store safely instead of booking a delivery, it would be a great help. This will allow us to start freeing up more slots for the more vulnerable.”


Some Asda stores allow NHS staff to browse between 8am and 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

They can also get early access on Sundays between 9am and 10am and some stores have a separate queue to give workers priority access at all times.


During the coronavirus pandemic, the supermarket giant offered NHS workers a 10 percent discount that was set to last until July.

This has now been extended until September 30 and shoppers can also sign up to get the offer online.


  • Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons new rules for shoppers

Morrisons chief executive David Potts said: “We want to thank everybody in the National Health Service for playing their part in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus.

“We hope this measure combined with our dedicated hours for NHS staff will make life a little easier at this very challenging time for them.”

NHS workers also get priority access between 7am and 8am everyday from Monday to Saturday.


NHS and social care workers can shop in stores between 7.30am and 8am between Monday and Saturday.

Elderly customers can shop between 8am and 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Aldi stores are open 30 minutes early to serve all NHS and emergency workers.

The retailer will also open half an hour early for elderly customers on Monday to Saturday.

In order to get early access in all stores, NHS and essential workers must bring their work ID.

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