Supermarket rules for Tesco, Asda and more as lockdown changes on March 29

The lockdown rules in England will relax on Monday, bringing us one step closer to normality.

From March 29 groups of up to six people from different households will be allowed to meet in an outdoor location – whether that's a public park or beach, or a private garden.

Two households of any size will also be allowed to meet, meaning that two families of four could spend Easter together (as long as they stay outside).

The 'stay at home' message will also come to an end on Monday, although people are still asked to minimise their journeys if possible.

The rules on indoor social gatherings remain the same, and non-essential businesses are still closed.

While supermarkets are open, there are coronavirus rules in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

Here's a reminder on supermarket rules as they stand:

Aldi

Aldi has a traffic light system in place to ensure stores don't get too crowded, and customers are asked to shop alone where possible.

Face coverings are mandatory (unless you are exempt) and shoppers are encouraged to avoid the busiest hours (between 11am and 3pm) if they are able.

Tesco

Tesco customers are also asked to shop alone – unless they are a carer or visiting with children.

Face coverings are mandatory (unless you are exempt), and they must be worn properly to cover the mouth and the nose.

Tesco has removed its "one-way" system, but shoppers are still encouraged to social distance as much as possible, and there is still a "one-in, one-out" traffic light system in place.

Lidl

Face masks are mandatory in Lidl (unless you are exempt) and anybody who has forgotten can pick one up on their way into the story, and pay for it with their purchase.

Customers may be asked to briefly remove their face covering to verify their identity when buying age-restricted products, such as gin.

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Asda

Asda recently launched a virtual queuing app called Qudini that is available for its major stores.

The app is designed to maximise social distancing and allows customers to wait in their cars – in a virtual queue – instead of standing outside in the cold.

The 100 busiest Asda stores also have counting technology that monitors the number of customers in store, to ensure they don't get too busy.

And the supermarket has added a protective antimicrobial coating to customer "touch points" such as fridge and freezer handles, and basket and trolleys.

This helps to kill viruses and bacteria.

As in other supermarkets, face coverings are mandatory in Asda unless you have an exemption.

Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's asks customers to shop alone where possible, and face masks are mandatory for those who are able to wear them.

Queuing outside stores will only be used when necessary.

Elderly and vulnerable customers still have priority entry from 8am to 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while NHS staff and care workers still have priority entry from 7.30 am to 8am between Monday and Saturday.

Morrisons

Morrisons offers a next-door delivery doorstep service for customers who are shielding, self-isolating or unable to get to a store.

Customers should call 0345 611 6111 and select option 5.

Shoppers may still be asked to queue outside Morrisons' stores, but anybody with a basket is allowed to skip the line.

Face coverings are mandatory unless you are exempt.

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