Easter bank holidays: Supermarket opening times over Easter

Easter falls on the second weekend of April this year, with Easter Sunday on April 12. For some, it may not feel like a typical Easter bank holiday, as the UK is currently on lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Despite this, Easter Eggs are still available in stores and Britons will still get two days off work for the Bank Holiday.

The Bank Holiday falls over four days, starting on Friday, April 10 for Good Friday, and lasting until Monday, April 13 for Easter Monday.

However, in Scotland, Good Friday is not a bank holiday, but Easter Monday is.

Usually, schools break up over the Easter Holidays, however, due to the coronavirus outbreak most students are already not in school.

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What times are supermarkets open over Easter?

Under government rules, any shop bigger than 280 meters must close on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

So superstore shops like the bigger Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Asda and Lidl stores will most likely be closed on Easter Sunday 2020.

The coronavirus outbreak is also impacting shops opening hours, so times may vary.


On Easter Sunday last year, all Sainsbury’s supermarkets in England, Wales & Northern Ireland were closed for Easter Sunday.

However, most of Sainsbury’s Convenience stores and Petrol Filling Stations were open.

Sainsbury’s has also altered its opening hours due to the coronavirus outbreak and has dedicated certain hours to specific members of the public.

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 check opening times for your local store, use the Sainsbury’s store finder here.

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For previous Easter’s, Tesco Extras, Superstores and Metro stores were open from 9am to 6pm in England and Wales.

In Northern Ireland, opening hours were slightly different from 10am to 7pm.

All Express stores across the UK and Stores in Scotland were open as usual.

Closing times can vary from store to store, so it’s always important to check your local branch.

You can do this using the store finder on their website.


Last year Asda was open on Good Friday and Easter Saturday from 6am – 10pm.

On Easter Sunday the stores were closed but open on Easter Monday from 6am to 8pm.

Again, store times may vary so check with your local store using the store finder here.


In 2019, Morrisons opening hours for Easter were as follows:

  • Good Friday 19th April 7am – 10pm
  • Saturday 20th April 7am – 10pm
  • Easter Sunday 21st April Closed
  • Easter Monday 22nd April 8am – 7pm

However, with the coronavirus outbreak, store opening hours may vary near you.

Currently, from 7am to 8am on Monday to Saturday all shoppers with an NHS badge will be able to get into Morrisons to stock up on the products they need.

On Sundays Morrisons will open at 9am for NHS workers to shop. They will open at 9.30am for all other customers to shop normally.

Check your local store’s opening hours with the Morrisons store finder here.


On Good Friday and Easter Monday, the majority of Waitrose & Partners shops will be open from 8am to 8pm.

Some Little Waitrose shops will be open from 7am – 10pm.

On Easter Sunday, Waitrose & Partners shops in England and Wales will close.

You can check your local store using the Waitrose store finder here.


On Good Friday inside the M25 Lidl will be open as usual and elsewhere it will be open from 8am to 8pm.

Stores across the country will be open as normal on Easter Saturday.

On Easter Sunday, all stores will be closed.

Stores will again reopen from 8am to 8pm across the UK, but will have usual trading hours inside the M25.

Check your local Lidl’s opening hours using their store finder here.


Aldi has not yet revealed their Easter opening hours but here is when they were open last year.

On Easter Saturday 2019, most Aldi stores were open as usual from 8am – 10pm.

On Easter Sunday, Aldi stores were closed.

And on Easter Monday Aldi was open from 8am to 8pm.

To check your local Aldi’s opening hours, use their store finder here.

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