DUE to increased demand, supermarkets in St Helens and across the UK have introduced dedicated shopping hours for certain groups and the amount of products shoppers can buy.

Here we have compiled the details on how Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland, Co-op, Sainsbury's and M&S are responding to the pressures of coronavirus.


The store has reduced its hours from 24 hours to 6am to 10pm to allow them time to replenish their shelves.

Tesco also introduced a special shopping hour for its workers and NHS staff before the shop opens to others before the store officially opens on Sundays.

However, NHS staff must bring their ID card.

The elderly and vulnerable have a designated hour from 9am until 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Asda will close its stores between 12am and 6am on a temporary basis.

The supermarket is prioritising NHS workers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.


The supermarket has introduced an NHS hour at all of their stores every day, Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8am.

All stores countywide are open from 8am until 8pm for every other customer.


The supermarket is opening an hour earlier than usual in order to let elderly customers do their shopping.


From Monday to Saturday, the German supermarket chain will be open between 8am and 8pm. Sunday opening hours remain the same - 10am to 4pm.

Aldi is not currently offering designated shopping hours for specific people.


The store is opening from 9am to 11am on Wednesdays just for elderly customers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The final hour of trading Monday to Saturday will also be for NHS staff only.


NHS staff can shop from 8am until 9am, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the special hour runs from 10am until 11am.

Co-op stores are not closed to other customers at that time, but NHS staff are given priority.


The elderly and vulnerable are allocated the first hour opening on Mondays and Thursdays, while healthcare workers have Tuesday and Friday.


Sainsbury's will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday.

Sunday working hours, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all Sainsbury's will dedicate the hour of 8am to 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as NHS and Social Care workers.