Tesco coronavirus shopping hours today: opening times for vulnerable shoppers and latest delivery options – The Sun

TESCO has announced new opening hours across its nationwide stores as the Government cracks down on social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The supermarket has changed its opening times to cope with the demand from shoppers. Here are Tesco’s new opening times.

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When are Tesco branches opening and closing?

Tesco has more than 3,400 stores across the UK and you can find your nearest – including store opening times – using the supermarket's store locator tool.

A spokesman for the store said it has temporarily stopped its 24 hour opening times to help with restocking.

Many stores are opening at 6am or 7am in the morning and closing at 10pm.

A statement from Tesco also said it was closing its deli counters and cafes for the foreseeable future to help in other parts of the stores.

We suggest you call your nearest store before heading out to shop as they may alter their timings over the next few weeks.


Does Tesco operate any special opening hours?

Yes. Tesco operates special opening hours for certain sections of society.

  • Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday between 9am and 10am, Tesco will open specifically for just NHS workers.
  • Tesco has reserved the hours of 9am-10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for its most vulnerable customers.
  • However, these special hours will not apply to Tesco Express stores.


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When is the best time to shop there?

Google has a tracker that allows you to see when the peak times are.

If you search for “Tesco” and then click on your nearest store, it will show a bar chart of when the store’s busiest times are.

What should I buy when I’m there?

The Government and supermarkets have urged shoppers not to panic buy or stockpile and have repeatedly said there is “enough food for everyone”.
We have compiled a list of what you need for two weeks now that Boris Johnson has told Brits to shop as infrequently as possible.

Is there a limit on items?

Yes. Tesco has said it has placed a three item limit per customer on each product line and has temporarily removed its multi-buy promotions.

Asda also announced it was following Tesco's lead and changing the opening times for its 24 hour stores so it can restock overnight.

Can I order online?

  • Tesco has sold out of delivery slots amid the coronavirus outbreak, but are hoping to re-open delivery to those who are self-isolating.
  • The company has added 120,000 extra Click+Collect slots and recruited an additional 7500 staff to help deliver food.
  • There are plans to add 100,000 more delivery slots with 2500 drivers recruited to keep up with demands.
  • Customers have been urged to leave online shopping slots for the vulnerable and elderly.
  • On March 27, Tesco limited online shopping to 80 items as the supermarket struggles to meet demand.
  • Supermarkets have asked for customers to tell them if they are self isolating to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.

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