ASDA has changed its opening and closing times in stores nationwide after the Government ordered people to stay inside during the coronavirus outbreak.
The supermarket has amended its opening times to cope with the demand from shoppers.
Asda currently remains open despite the coronavirus outbreakCredit: Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow
When are Asda branches opening and closing?
Asda has announced a special one-off opening time for the elderly and vulnerable and early closures to help restock shelves.
The supermarket has around 600 stores UK-wide.
You can use its store locator tool to find your nearest, and Asda says this will be updated with the new hours.
On Friday, March 20, Asda set aside its superstores’ first hours of operation for the elderly and vulnerable shoppers.
The company asked other customers to avoid visiting their local branch before 9am to allow staff to help elderly and vulnerable people get the groceries they need.
It could implement the dedicated shopping hour on more days in the future.
Some stores’ opening times vary from 6am to 8am, so make sure you check your local branch before heading over.
Meanwhile most stores have reduced opening hours with many closing at 8pm instead of 10pm as normal MondaySaturday and 5pm on Sundays.
It comes as Asda revealed it is temporarily closing its 24 hour stores between 12am and 6am for restocking.
Asda has also confirmed that it will be prioritising NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9am.
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When is the best time to shop there?
Google has a tracker which allows you to see when the peak times are.
If you search for Asda and then click on your nearest store, it will show a bar chart of when the stores busiest times are.
What should I buy when Im there?
The Government and supermarkets have urged shoppers not to panic buy and have repeatedly said there is enough food for everyone.
We have compiled a list of what the best items are to get for a two week shop now that Boris Johnson has told Brits to shop as infrequently as possible.
Is there a limit on items?
Yes. From Wednesday, March 18, the supermarket has only allowed customers to purchase a maximum of three items covering all food, toiletries and cleaning products.
Its cafes and and pizza counters are also closed for the foreseeable future.
We’ve also revealed why people are panic buying toilet paper, handwash, and pasta.
Can I order online?
Asda is open for online shopping, with free deliveries on orders over £40 and free click and collect on orders over £25.
However, like rival Tesco, the retailer has currently sold out of online delivery slots.
Additionally, supermarkets have asked for customers to tell them if they are self isolating to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.
The store is recruiting by working with more than 20 national companies in food services and travel industries to take on staff in need of work.
At Asda, workers will be offered shifts or temporary roles, the supermarket said, to help other companies that have been hard hit by the virus.
Crowd of shoppers panic-buy toilet roll in Asda on Old Kent Road due to coronavirus fears