// Tesco will reduce opening times to manage disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak
// Tesco’s 24-hour stores will now open between 6am and 10pm
Tesco said that hundreds of its 24-hour stores have had their opening hours reduced in a bid to manage any disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The move took place on Tuesday, with bosses deciding to close all 24-hour stores at 10pm, reopening at 6am on Wednesday morning.
They will continue to open between 6am and 10pm for the immediate future.
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Despite the reduced hours, there will be no cut in pay, Tesco said.
Details are being updated online with new store opening times.
“We are changing these store hours to ensure we can serve customers better at this time,” a Tesco spokeswoman said.
“It gives our colleagues the time overnight to restock the store, replenish the shelves and support our online grocery service at a time when demand is high.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Morrisons revealed a series of packages to protect staff and announce an expansion of its online operations – including 3500 new jobs.
Supermarkets have seen a surge in shoppers stocking up on essentials, although they have said supply chains are working well.
In a joint letter on Sunday, grocers introduced their “feed the nation” plans to ensure shelves are stocked.