The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on the way Brits shop, with the interaction of one-way systems and the use of face coverings.
With the introduction of the new Tier 4 in London and other areas of the South East, the rules have become even more consuming.
Supermarkets are also expecting a huge influx of customers due to the change to the Christmas bubble situation.
Whether you shop at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi or Lidl, you could be refused entry if you don’t adhere to the rules.
So it’s important to take note of the ever-changing rules and restrictions.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of Christmas.
Tesco has installed a traffic light system in some of its largest stores to help manage the follow of customers.
Once in-store, Tesco is urging customers to “keep to the social distancing markings”.
You are also asked to follow the “legal guidance on wearing a face covering”.
If you forget to bring one, you will be able to buy one a pack at the front of stores”.
Tesco continued: “As a reminder, the police can issue fines for not wearing a face covering, unless you’re exempt”.
Asda has introduced a virtual queuing system in 400 of its biggest stores so you don’t have to queue outside in the cold and rain, although normal queuing will be available also.
If you shop at Asda you are urged to wear a face covering, unless exempt.
The supermarket has also created 1,000 new Asda Safety Marshals which are stationed at the front of every store and in the aisles in larger stores.
Over the festive period more security staff will be on duty to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Sainsbury’s has introduced a one trolley limit in their stores, and are urging families to only send one adult per household.
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Sainsbury’s reminded customers on social media: “Our stores will be really busy coming up to Christmas.
“To help us maintain social distancing for customers and colleagues and reduce queues, please shop alone wherever possible.”
Sainsbury’s has also increased the number of home delivery and Click and Collect stocks available to three quarter of a million.
Morrisons has reminded customers that there are still some Click & Collect slots available at some stores.
Their Doorstep Delivery service is also taking orders until 5.30pm on December 22 for delivery on December 23.
The supermarket is urging customers to wear face coverings in line with the government guidelines.
Marshalls will also be stationed at stores to make sure people are maintaining a social distance.
Aldi has extended its opening hours between December 19 and January 2, and all stores will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
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You can check Aldi’s busiest and quietest times on its website.
As usual, Aldi asks customers to comply with government guidelines regarding face masks, but customers won’t be challenged in case they are exempt.
The number of people in store is being limited when necessary, and there are floor markings to ensure people keep a safe distance.
Lidl has introduced a traffic light system which reveals the busiest and quietest times in each store.
You can find these out by visiting Lidl’s Store finder. https://www.lidl.co.uk/about-us/store-finder-opening-hours
As usual, customers are asked to wear face masks unless exempt.
Changes have also been made to Lidl’s popular bakery section.
Lidl explained: “Whilst we always urge customers to use the tongs provided in our bakery, as a temporary measure, you’ll also notice there are disposable gloves for you to use in order to bag loose items yourself, safely.
"We're continuing to monitor this area of our store, and will change the way we’re doing things if necessary."
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