Tesco, Asda, Sainbury’s change rules for families and couples: Latest updates

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Supermarkets across the UK have bolstered their rules in a bid to preserve the safety of their customers. Store policies have come into place on top of nationwide rules for mask-wearing. Many now limit the number of people allowed inside, breaking Covid transmission paths. Express.co.uk round sup all the new rules you need to know before heading out to the shops.


Tesco has implemented a series of changes to its in-store shopping policy.

To start, they have made it a legal requirement for people to wear masks indoors, unless with Government-mandated exception.

People must also shop alone where possible unless they are a carer or have children.

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Those who do enter need to abide by their one-in-one-out system.

Tesco navigates the system with traffic light directions which allow people to enter when it turns “green”.

Tesco has also strengthened in-store sanitation and asks customers to keep themselves clean.

Cleaning stations will help people sanitise their hands, baskets or trollies.


Asda has introduced many of the same in-store rules Tesco has.

They ask people not to enter a store if they have Covid symptoms, including a persistent cough, fever or loss of smell and taste.

Staff will also limit the number of people allowed indoors, and some shops have become 24-hour locations.

Unlike some other shops, Asda has also introduced antimicrobial handles.

Staff have applied antimicrobial coating to baskets and trollies to limit the spread of bacteria in-store.

The technology, named Biomaster X shield, is already in use at the London Excel Nightingale Hospital.

Safety marshals will help customers observe distancing and other rules in-store.

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Sainsbury’s has also reduced the number of people allowed indoors and is asking people to shop alone with masks.

They said security guards would “support our colleagues at the front of the store and will challenge customers who are not wearing masks”.

The supermarket has also worked to ensure people can order food online, by freeing up an additional 800,000 order slots.

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