Supermarket Priority Opening Times

When are supermarkets open just for NHS staff and elderly customers? 

This information is up to date as of Tuesday 24th March 2020.

NHS staff, who show an NHS employee card, will be allowed to fill up their trolleys for an hour ahead of normal opening times every Sunday.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in the hour between 9am and 10am, the elderly and most vulnerable will be given priority.

NHS and social care workers have a dedicated shopping slot between 7.30am and 8am Monday to Saturday.

The elderly and vulnerable, groups that are at high risk, will be given a preferential shopping hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8am and 9am.

Priority access will be given to NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.

Asda hasn’t allocated a specific time for the elderly but will be assisting the most vulnerable get access to its online delivery service.

NHS staff will be given early access between 7am and 8am, every day except on Sundays.

Morrisons said it did not have specific hours for the elderly and vulnerable.

NHS staff will be given exclusive access to their stores for the first trading hour every Tuesday and Friday.

On Monday and Thursday the first hour in their stores has been set aside for the elderly and vulnerable.


Although it did not have any specific hours set aside for NHS workers, Waitrose said it was keeping a portion of fast-selling essentials items and groceries reserved for them.

Waitrose has set aside the first hour of their store openings for the elderly, vulnerable and those who look after them.

Aldi is giving priority at tills to NHS, Police & Fire Services.


Lidl has not yet made any specific provisions for NHS workers or the elderly.