Supermarkets are feeling the impact of coronavirus, with busier stores, emptier shelves and booked up delivery slots.

Last week the Prime Minister announced that people should only shop for the necessities - and only once a day - to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

He also ordered the closure of non-essential stores, meaning that supermarkets are some of the few places remaining where people can get food and drink supplies.

Many supermarkets have introduced social distancing measures to encourage people to avoid contact with each other.

However as the pandemic continues, some measures have changed with Aldi bringing in even stricter rules.

With the increased demand, delivery slots are less available and someSome shops have opted for 'foodboxes', such as M&S, to provide an easier option for people to get the necessities.

Here we have detailed all the latest information you need if you're thinking about making a shop - whether online or in store.

Aldi

Aldi has introduced more measures to ensure social distancing is kept up across its stores.

The retailer took to its official Twitter account to inform shoppers of its new customers limits.

It also informed the public on its advice to those planning to bring their children with them.

Aldi is now implementing a "one person, one trolley" rule across all of its stores.

Shoppers queue outside an Aldi supermarket ahead of opening

Its tweet said: "Please shop individually wherever possible. In order to help with social distancing, we are encouraging all customers to try and reduce the number of family members they bring with them into our stores."

The tweet was shared along with an image which also included a statement in which Aldi asked parents to "shop alone if possible".

However, where some parents may not be able to, children would be allowed into its stores. The statement said: "Where necessary parents can shop with their children, but like all supermarkets, we're asking people to shop alone if possible to support social distancing in our stores."

Since sharing the tweet last night, Aldi has been met with messages of praise and support from other shoppers on Twitter.

User @Jocanlose said: "About time, too many families in Aldi yesterday."

@LesleyinCity said: "Makes total sense."

And, RCuttingedge said: "Staff in Aldi have been amazing."

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Tesco

Tesco is changing its home delivery slots.

The retailer has announced it is expanding its home delivery and click & collect capacity to around 780,000 slots this week, soon to be followed by another planned increase of 100,000.

The latest change is an increase of 120,000 from two weeks ago.

Tesco has had a large recruitment drive and so has added more than 200 new vans and hired another 2,500 drivers and 5,000 store pickers to help handle increased demand.

A Tesco store sign

That means people should find it a little bit easier  to secure themselves an online delivery slot.

However, Tesco has placed an item limit of 80 on the number of products people are able to buy in an online shop.

An official email sent by Tesco to shoppers last week read: "As you know, we’re currently experiencing a very high demand for our delivery and Click+Collect slots.

"We’re doing everything we can to increase the number of customers we can safely deliver to.

"That’s why we’ll be making some changes.

"From today, we’ll be capping the number of items you can add to your online basket to 80.

"This means that if you make a change to an existing tesco.com order or place a new order, you’ll only be able to order a maximum of 80 items.

"To help give everyone access to the essentials, every product will still be limited to a maximum of 3 per customer.

"To help keep everyone safe, you’ll start to see all of your orders arriving bagged.

"We’re at full capacity for the next few weeks and we ask those who are able to safely come to stores to do so, instead of shopping online.

"This will help us to free up more slots for the more vulnerable."

M&S

Morrisons released its £35 food 'essentials' boxes last week and they proved popular.

The boxes allowed people to get essentials delivered to their door without having to wait ages for a delivery slot.

M&S shoppers aren't happy with what's inside its new £35 'essentials' box
M&S shoppers aren't happy with what's inside its new £35 'essentials' box

Now M&S has followed its path, and has released its own essentials boxes.

Each M&S box costs £35 and shoppers will know what's inside each box before it arrives, unlike with Morrisons' version.

Here's what's inside M&S' 'essentials' boxes:

Some shoppers, however, have expressed concerns over how many sugary items are in each box, calling for the retailer to make some alterations.

Writing on the review section on the M&S website, one reviewer wrote: "I agree with other reviewers in that this box is a superb idea but the addition of so many 'sweet treats' is not necessary.

"Basic items would be much more appropriate including things such as long life milk and easy to cook bread."

Somebody else said: "I was pleased to see this initiative but disappointed with the contents. As other reviewers have said , far to many sweet items and not enough fresh produce or chilled ready meals.

"There was not a vegetarian option displayed either."

"Some good staples, but far too much sugar. I'd only order this in an emergency. We come to M&S for healthy food, because we care about what we eat. Please replace sweets and sweet sauces with fruit and veg. Tins are OK. A mix of fresh and tinned would be better," suggested a third.

However, some shoppers can't wait to get their hands on one of the boxes.

One person said: "This is just what I need at the moment, store cupboard essentials that will keep, so no wastage, which could be a problem for some with fresh food.

"Though I'm lucky that local farm shops are delivering fruit, veg and meat boxes in my area. My only suggestion is maybe replace the sweets with tinned fruit or vegetables."

"I've gone ahead and ordered two of these for family members as surprises. Well done Marks on offering a ready made option to restock at this difficult time. However I agree with the other comments re adjusting the contents slightly and would love to see a gluten free box developed too. I'm sure with slight adjustments the box would be a best seller," wrote another happy customer.

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