Sainsbury's opening hours: What time is Sainsbury's open during the coronavirus epidemic?

March 30, 2020

Supermarkets nationwide are facing unprecedented demand for groceries as the UK faces a three-week lockdown to tackle the spread of . Photos and videos of empty shelves, shoppers fighting over items and NHS staff struggling to buy essentials have filled social media in recent days.


The demand has been so great the British Retail Consortium wrote a letter to the public, signed by all the mainstream supermarkets, urging shoppers to behave themselves.

The letter read: “We want to let you know that we are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need.


“But we need your help too. We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.

“We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.”

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Sainsbury's opening hours: People queuing outside sainsburys

Sainsbury’s opening hours: What time does Sainsbury’s open? (Image: GETTY)

What time is Sainsbury’s open during the coronavirus epidemic?

Alterations to opening hours are in place at , with certain hours dedicated to specific members of the public.

Writing to customers, Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said: “You will have seen that we put restrictions in place this week to ensure that more products are on shelf for longer.

“From Monday 23rd March, we are consolidating our opening hours and all our supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday, including those with an Argos store.

Sainsbury's opening hours: Empty shelves in sainsburys

Sainsbury’s opening hours: Shop shelves have been stripped bare by panic shoppers (Image: GETTY)

“Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.”

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

Anyone with NHS ID will be able to shop from 7.30am to 8am on these days.

To find the opening hours for your local store, visit Sainsbury’s store finder here.

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What restrictions are in place at Sainsbury’s?

Due to the demand for certain items across all supermarkets, restrictions on the number of items shoppers can buy are in place.

From March 18, customers are only able to buy a maximum of three of any grocery product.

A restriction of a maximum of two on the most popular products is also in place – including toilet paper, soap and UHT milk.

Sainsbury's opening hours: Queue of shoppers

Sainsbury’s opening hours: Shoppers have been queuing to enter stores across the country (Image: GETTY)

Sainsbury's opening hours: Sainsbury's sign asking customers to think before they buy

Sainsbury’s opening hours: The store has implemented restrictions on certain items (Image: GETTY)

Online delivery slots are also restricted, with the elderly and vulnerable taking precedence over anyone else.

Click and collect is still available, with Sainsbury’s asking for anyone able to do so to choose this option rather than home delivery.

Posters in stores urged customers to “Please think before you buy” and warning of the limits on certain items.

These include pain relief, sanitising and long-life lines among others.

The store also said it is “working through the detail” but expects to restrict the number of people allowed in stores at any one time.

Some supermarkets have already implemented this, with a security guard on the doors operating a one in one out policy.

Sainsbury’s will also be introducing barriers outside to ensure people queue at a safe distance when waiting to get in.

The supermarket said it will also have reminders to keep two metres apart displayed throughout stores, screens at manned checkouts.

Sainsbury’s will also close every other payment point to help keep people apart.

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