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Vulnerable and elderly customers shopping at Tesco

To ensure that more vulnerable and elderly customers can shop in-store, Tesco will prioritise one hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9-10am (except in our Express stores) and ask that you respect this.

"It is fair to say that we find ourselves in uncharted waters. COVID-19 is bringing a change to the UK and it’s clear that lots of things are going to have to shift around in order to help us cope.

At Tesco, we have been doing everything we can to keep business as usual, but we now have to accept it is not business as usual. In the last two weeks, we have seen significant and prolonged increases in demand across all of our stores and this is leading to shortages in some products for some customers.

Reacting to the latest government announcements, we have to plan on this situation being the new normal and we will do all that we can to make the food you want available, but we need your help.

In order to protect the core shopping essentials, we are going to implement some changes in our stores. The changes are designed to simplify what we do so that we can provide more of what people need in a clean and safe environment. We ask for your understanding and your support.

From Thursday 19 March we will start to implement the following changes:

To ensure more people have access to everyday essentials, we are introducing a storewide restriction of only 3 items per customer on every product line, and removing multi-buy promotions.
In order to allow Tesco colleagues to focus on stocking shelves, helping to provide the essential groceries you are looking for and to avoid waste, we will close all meat, fish, deli counters and salad bars.
To be able to ensure our stores are clean, that we can replenish stock, and allow our colleagues to rest, we will change our trading hours with all stores closing at 10pm.

To ensure we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of infection for both our customers and colleagues, we will be introducing some distancing measures at the checkout and, to make it swifter, invite customers who can, to pay by card.

To help free up slots for the more vulnerable, such as our elderly customers and those who are self-isolating, we are encouraging customers who shop online or choose Click+Collect for their grocery home shopping, to prioritise shopping in-store where possible.
To ensure our more vulnerable and elderly customers can shop in-store, we will prioritise one hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9-10am (except in our Express stores) and ask that you respect this.

Tesco store colleagues can't work from home and a good number of them will need to respond to personal or family challenges connected with dealing with COVID-19. So we would please ask that you understand the challenging environment in which we are all working. If you do go in-store and want to say thank you, then I'm sure they'd appreciate it.

So, if you could help us by limiting demand of essential items and allowing us to focus on the core needs of our customers – we are confident that we can continue to feed the nation. We are delivering food daily to our stores, but this is a very challenging time and we will only get through this if we work together."

Queues down the hill up to Tesco this morning during the designated vulnerable shopper time.

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My husbands there now (9.30) says it's manic and some essentials still not in stock, does have toilet rolls though.

As in the article above, Tesco are prioritising one hour for vulnerable and old people, 9am to 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
But they are also opening early every Sunday before the checkouts open, specifically for NHS workers.

Hoping to shop there in Tescos in the morning. Both of us are in the "vulnerable" category. Whatever is on our list, normal shop, hopefully there will be some items left. That'll be it then, have to rely on others. If people would only shop normally or even a bit LESS. Wish it was possible to hand the list in and collect later. The less contact with others the better.


In order to be able to self isolate I decided to try the supermarket delivery services. At first I found that they all appeared to be overwhelmed,some having no "slots" available at all. The best I could get on Friday is with Asda and the slot is on April 7th. However today (Tuesday) I took another look at the website and to my surprise there are some earlier slots now available. I have now placed an order on the earliest of these which is for Saturday 28th march between 8 and 10 pm. The 7th of April delivery is still standing which means we will have supplies the following week. This is,of course, assuming that the goods are available on those dates. The other main players, IE Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury appear to have no availability for our region for the foreseeable future but from what I have learned so far the best policy is to register with each site and just keep looking several times a day. Apart from anything else it helps to pass the time!