Supermarkets are allowed to stay open during the second lockdown in England, and are one of the few places you are allowed to go for your essentials shopping.
Back in March, the rules were strict about who you could go with, and you were not allowed to enter the stores with another person from your household unless they were a young child or a person who needed assistance.
That meant that you could not shop with your partner.
The rules of the second lockdown introduced on Thursday, November 5 is in a few ways different from the previous one.
So what are the new rules from the major supermarkets?
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Sainsbury’s is asking people to only shop one adult per household where possible, to keep people a safe distance apart and to reduce queues to get into stores.
Groups with more than one adult will be asked by store staff to choose one adult to shop and will ask other adults to wait.
However, according to the supermarket’s website, “children are welcome if they are not able to stay at home.”
Tesco has not specifically made an announcement about how many people can shop in its stores from the same household.
In the latest update on its website, the retailer says that is rolling out a new traffic light system which will monitor the flow of customers into and out of some stores. If the number of customers exceeds the maximum allowed, a red light will show. Once it’s safe for a customer to enter, the light will turn green.
As usual, customers are encouraged to pay at the checkout by card and are reminded that face coverings are compulsory.
In case you forget your face covering, you can pick up a pack at the front of the store and pay later.
Asda has also not announced anything yet on whether people from the same household can shop together.
In the latest advice on the Asda website, people are reminded that they will have to wear a face covering in-store, unless they are exempt.
As at Tesco, if you forget your face covering you will be offered a pack of disposable masks that you can pay for as they complete your shopping.
To help reduce contact in stores Asda has rolled out ‘Scan and Go’ mobile for customers to use their own device to scan their shopping and pack as they go. Many of the larger stores also offer Scan & Go handsets in addition to Scan & Go mobile.
The credit and debit card contactless payment limit amount has been increased to £45.
Similar rules for Aldi are in place. All stores have a traffic light system at entrances to ensure a safe number of people can shop at any one time, whilst maintaining social distancing.
The supermarket is encouraging payment by card or contactless when possible, with an increased contactless limit of £45.
As with other supermarkets, Aldi continues to provide NHS, blue light and vulnerable customers priority access at specific times.
Lidl has also not made any announcements specific to people shopping together. Among the other safety measures, a traffic light system in place so you can find the quietest time to shop – ith red meaning busy, amber average and green quiet.
In the bakery section you’ll find disposable gloves to use in order to bag loose items yourself.
Lidl has increased the contactless payment limit in all stores, from £30 to £45. People are encouraged to pay safely using contactless whenever possible, or card payments for transactions over £45 .
Like the other major supermarkets, Morrisons has similar safety measures to its shops.
The supermarket is welcoming workers from Marie Curie and CLIC Sargent charity shops to help support elderley and vulnerable customers in its stores.
Contactless limit is £45 here, too.