Tesco and Aldi share latest advice to help shoppers ‘avoid peak period’ this Christmas

Tesco provide tips for safe shopping during coronavirus crisis

Christmas is just around the corner and supermarkets have already started lining the shelves with festive foods. Tesco and Aldi have shared advice for customers in the run up to the big day.

Many shops have been updating their rules and policies over the last few months in line with coronavirus guidance.

These have included social distancing rules, changing opening hours and increased safety measures.

With Christmas fast approaching, many Britons will be preparing for the big day.

Tesco and Aldi have offered advice to shoppers heading to supermarkets.

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Tesco

The supermarket giant will extend opening hours starting on December 14 until Christmas Eve.

More than 300 large branches will be open for 24 hours a day during these dates.

Other branches will have opening times extended by one hour during the same period.

While the shops will be open longer in the run up to Christmas, Tesco has asked customers to plan ahead.

Tesco CEO Jason Tarry offered advice to miss the busy period in an email to customers.

He said: “As the festive season approaches, it’s always busier for our stores.

“Please consider shopping a little earlier than you usually would, to avoid the peak festive period.”

Extended opening hours and planning ahead will help shoppers beat the rush and make social distancing easier.

Aldi

The discount supermarket chain shared an update for those shopping in stores.

The retailer explained extensive social distancing and hygiene measures are in place in stores.

It also revealed stores are already fully stocked with it’s Christmas range.

A statement from Aldi CEO Giles Hurley said: “The majority of our stores are open from 8am to 10pm every day (Sundays 10am to 4pm) and our amazing colleagues are on hand to help you shop safely and find everything you need in store.

“To help with social distancing, customers are encouraged to shop alone, where possible, and adhere to one person per trolley.

“We will of course allow customers to shop with others, should they have no alternative.

“We are also continuing to increase the availability of our new Click and Collect service, and we have recently announced that over 200 additional stores will be offering this service by Christmas.”

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