Supermarket shopping rules in Tier 1, 2, and 3 – Aldi, ASDA, Tesco and Sainsbury’s

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Many have been left confused by the UK’s new tier system. Locations in England have been split into three tiers, from medium risk to very high risk. How will what tier you are in affect supermarkets?

Non-essential and essential shops will be able to open in all tiers. It means Britons will be able to do their Christmas shopping and help support the struggling retail sector.

In Tier 1 shoppers are able to meet other households up to six people to shop.

So, friendly Christmas shopping trips are on the cards for the lukcy households in these areas.

However, in Tier 2 and Tier 3 you may not meet other households to shop indoors like in your local supermarket.

However, in Tier 2 shoppers can meet at outdoor shopping spaces, ie markets.

Supermarkets are urging just one person from each household to shop at one time, if possible.

It is essential to wear masks in the supermarket and to stay two metres from other shoppers.

Supermarkets are also urging Britons to shop online where possible.

What rules do individual supermarkets have in place?


Tesco has a traffic light system in place in large stores. This is to manage distacing within the store.

It asks those who have left their masks at home to buy them at the front of the stores.

Tesco said: “We have packs available to buy at the front of our stores, which you can open immediately and pay for with your shopping later. As a reminder, the police can issue fines for not wearing a face covering, unless you’re exempt.”

It asks people to pay with contact payment where possible.

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Asda has number of safety initiative and rules for shoppers.

This includes face coverings, unless you are medically exempt.

Asda has safety marhsals instore to reiterate safety guidelines to shoppers.

Like Tesco, Asda will be giving facemasks to shoppers who don’t have their own, which shoppers will pay for with the rest of their shopping.

Asda asks shoppers to pay contactless and to use the “Scan and Go” fuction where possible.


Shoppers at Sainsbury’s must wear facemaks when shopping with “greeters” outside the store to encourage customers to do so.

It has expanded its Click and Collect slots and is asking shoppers to take advantage of this.


Aldi has traffic light systems at stores and clear social distancing markers on the floor.

It is asking Britons to pay contactlessly.


This supermarket is encoraging at home delivery and asking Britons book a delivery slot “as far in advance as possible” due to high demand.

They ask shoppers wear masks in store.

They have a priority hour for NHS workers from 6am to 7am from Monday to Saturday and 9:30am on Sunday.

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