Supermarket opening times: Here is what you need to know for stores in Halifax and Calderdale

With the Calderdale district now adjusting to life in lockdown, special measures have been introduced to help everyone get access to the essential items that they need from supermarkets.

By Ian Hirst
Saturday, 28th March 2020, 7:00 am

Some stores have brought in special opening times for the elderly, hired more staff to stock shelves and put limits on the amount of items shoppers can buy.

And alongside this, some supermarkets have also started introducing similar “golden hours” for NHS staff, upon presenting their NHS ID.

Here is what you need to know:

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Shoppers are getting used to new opening hours and restrictions


All Aldi stores will open from 8am. However, they will now close at 8pm to allow time for product replenishment and to give additional support to our store colleagues. Sunday opening hours remain unchanged.


A number of stores are now operating at reduced hours. Some Tesco Extra stores and Metro stores have reduced their hours to between 6am and 10pm.

Tesco has introduced a special shopping hour for its workers and NHS staff where those with ID, such as an NHS staff card, can visit the larger stores an hour before opening time on Sudays, browse and do their shopping before the checkouts open.


Asda will be temporarily closing its 24 stores between midnight and 6am. It will also be prioritising NHS workers in its larger stores from 8am-9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Customers will only be able to buy up to three of any products across all food items, toiletries and cleaning products.

Pizza counters and cafes have been closed.


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

Customers will be restricted on purchases of cleaning products, with bleach at six per person and two for hand sanitisers.


Co-op haven’t made changes to their opening times, but they are dedicating an hour to vulnerable customers at their stores.

They are also restricting purchases to two per customer on some products, including hand sanitiser, soap, tinned goods, pasta, rice, long-life milk, sugar, baby food and nappies.


Iceland will open early for elderly customers to visit before stores open to the public.

Each day, elderly shoppers can now visit between 8am and 9am. The final hour of trading Monday to Saturday will also be for NHS staff only.

The supermarket has introduced a temporary cap on sales of several products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes.


Stores will now be open from 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday. This includes those with Argos stores. Sunday opening, Sainsbury's Local and petrol stations' opening hours will all stay the same.

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


The supermarket opens at 8am, prioritising elderly shoppers for the first hour.

There are also limits of four items per customer on a number of products including toilet roll, tinned food and pasta.


Opening times haven’t changed. But different Nisa stores are offering help to the elderly and vulnerable by offering extended services to customers, including free delivery.

When are the stores opening JUST for the elderly?

Morrisons: 9am to 10am every day from Monday to Saturday to provide more help to the elderly and vulnerable customers.

M&S: The first opening hour will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable customers and their carers on Mondays and Thursdays.

Sainsbury's: From 8am-9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tesco: The stores will be open for the over-65s and their carers for the first hour, as well as NHS staff.

Iceland: Opening one or two hours early for the elderly.

Waitrose: Elderly people can shop for the first hour of opening at some stores.

Co-op: An hour to vulnerable customers at their stores.

Shoppers are seen inside a Tesco store (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)