Scotland’s major supermarket chains have had strict measures on social distancing and others since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.

The likes of Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco have all implemented measures to help customers and staff feel safe when going for their regular shop.

Supermarkets across the country saw huge queues outside branches as shops moved to limit the number of people entering during the height of the pandemic.

Scots shoppers have seen some measures ease in recent months with the number of cases falling as a result of nationwide lockdown measures.

But new infections have been creeping up in the last few weeks, with fears that a winter lockdown could be announced in the coming days.

The latest measures to mitigate the spread of the virus have been made available by each of the major supermarkets in the country.

Here’s everything you need know.

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's will continue to limit the number of customers entering its Scottish stores

Bosses behind the supermarket giant will continue to limit the number of customers in store at any one time - while asking that one adult per household should be visiting at the one time on some occassions.

A number of other safety measures will remain in force, such as two metre rules on social distancing, the installation of Perspex safety screens between check outs and regular sanitising of customer areas.

Sainsbury’s has also increased the number of home delivery and click and collect slots available, doubling the service to over 650,000 orders per week.

Customers have also been urged to continue wearing a face covering when going about their shop.

Tesco

Tesco says it has increased the number of delivery slots for those needing to self-isolate

Tesco says that it has doubled online capacity of weekly delivery slots from 600,000 at the beginning of the pandemic to 1.5 million now.

The supermarket brand says that it is currently not experiencing any shortages on the shelves at this present time.

Scottish Government guidance will continue to be followed as bosses anticipate any changes set to happen in the future.

Customer numbers will continue to limited while extensive social distancing measures remain in place.

Face coverings must be worn instore.

Asda

Asda says it will keep an eye on changes to government guidance before making a decision on any changes instore

Asda says that no changes are planned as they are currently unaware of the exact rules due to come into place in the coming days.

It says that the same measures that have been place throughout the pandemic will continue to be there - such as perspex screens, sanitiser spray and increased cleaning in busy areas.

A notice on the Asda website says that stronger measures will be taken in stores situated within localised lockdown areas.

Customers have also been urged to make contactless payments.

Aldi

Face coverings are mandatory in Scots stores

The Daily Record approached Aldi regarding any changes to the features leading into a potential second lockdown, but we were unable to get a response.

However, Aldi has a number of rules available to read on its website.

These include the mandatory wearing of face coverings instore, social distancing measures, limit on customer numbers and a call to pay by card only.