Many supermarkets have introduced purchase limits throughout the coronavirus pandemic on items in an effort to stop the empty shelves seen at the start of the pandemic as shoppers sought to stock up for lockdown. As the second lockdown looms in England, a number of supermarkets have reintroduced limits and shopping rules in light of new restrictions.


Aldi does not currently have any caps on purchases made in-store.

Aldi does not do online delivery but does deliver food parcels, subject to availability.

The supermarket is also asking shoppers to come into stores alone where possible.


Sainsbury’s does not currently have restrictions in place on buying items.

However, only one adult per household is allowed in-store at a time, and families are discouraged from shopping together.

It is also prioritising vulnerable customers for home delivery orders and click & collect slots.


There are currently limits in-store on dried pasta, flour, toilet roll, baby wipes, and antibacterial wipes.

Online there are currently restrictions on items like canned vegetables and rice.

Currently, NHS workers get priority access to stores and to queue jump with the relevant ID.


Waitrose currently has a limit on a small number of items such as toilet roll and flour, limiting shoppers to two of each item online and in-store.

Waitrose is currently limiting the number of customers in its shops and has requested that couples and families don’t shop together.

Staff have not been asked to enforce face mask rules in-store, but everyone is encouraged to wear one.

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