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20 March 2020 17:22

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TESCO and Marks and Spencer have come to the rescue of tired NHS staff fed up of seeing empty shelves. Despite repeated pleas to shoppers to not stockpile, shift workers have reported they are still finding it difficult to get what they need. As a result, NHS staff will now be allowed to shop before anybody else on Sundays. In a statement, Tesco said: "We know that those working for the NHS may be finding it hard to find time to shop for their groceries at the moment. "They can come to our large stores one hour before the usual store opening time every Sunday, and will be able to browse the store and select their shopping before the checkouts open.

"We will be asking all other customers to be respectful of this and to shop during the usual Sunday opening hours." In a move to make sure those at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus get what they need, Marks and Spencer are also only allowing NHS and emergency workers to shop for the first hour of trading on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tesco is introducing a special shopping hour this Sunday for its workers and NHS staff. This Sunday, those eligible will be invited to browse an hour before traditional shop opening. It's part of a range of measures the store has introduces to try and stop panic-buying and ensure there is enough food for everybody left on the shelves. Large Tesco stores will open one hour before the usual opening time every Sunday for the foreseeable future and give NHS staff time to select their shopping before the checkouts open.

A statement from Tesco said: 'We know that those working for the NHS may be finding it hard to find time to shop for their groceries at the moment. So, from this Sunday, we're going to introduce a special hour in stores for NHS staff as a thank you for all they are doing. 'They can come to our large stores one hour before the usual store opening time every Sunday, and will be able to browse the store and select their shopping before the checkouts open. All we ask is that they bring a form of ID with them to store, such as an NHS staff card. 'We will be asking all other customers to be respectful of this and to shop during the usual Sunday opening hours.

As this is such a new illness, experts still aren't sure how it is spread. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. MARKS and Spencer have introduced a special shopping hour for our hero NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic - as the rest of supermarket giants were urged to follow suit. M&S today announced it will give NHS and emergency service workers the first hour of every Tuesday and Friday morning to buy their essentials - after similar measures were introduced for the elderly and vulnerable. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6 This picture has been circulating online of a paramedic looking at empty shelves Credit: Facebook 6 Val Wood, pictured with her daughter Sandy, an NHS worker, who has been struggling to buy food in between her shifts It comes after photo of a medic stood looking forlorn at the end of a shift in an empty Sainsbury's store went viral and captured the reality of people panic-buying during the coronavirus pandemic. And mum Val Wood, 63, from Hainault in Essex, whose daughter Sandy is a phlebotomist at the Queen's Hospital in Romford, complained she was not able to buy the basics. She told the Sun Online: "When Sandy goes to work in the morning there's people queuing all the way down the street and obviously NHS staff can't queue or they would be late for work. Scotland's Chief Medical Officer explains coronavirus symptoms "If our NHS workers are ill, who's going to look after you? In response, M&S announced it was introducing allotted times for NHS workers to do their shopping. "M&S will help ensure its older and more vulnerable customers can access the food and products they need by reserving the first hour of trading for them at all of its owned stores. 6 Shelves have been left empty by selfish shoppers stockpiling Credit: Splash News "In addition, M&S is also introducing a special shopping hour to support our dedicated NHS and emergency service workers – and this will take place for the first hour each Tuesday and Friday morning." Sun Online have contacted other supermarket giants to see if they will also introduce special shopping hours for NHS workers. most read in news Live Blog CORONA CHAOS Global death toll hits 10,000 as key worker list released DOCTORED PHOTO Coronavirus doctor wins photo contest with pic of snowy Scottish mountains 'I'M FURIOUS' Coronavirus doc blasts Brits still going to pub saying they'll 'kill people' STARK REALITY Elderly shopper exasperated by empty aisles - as panic-buyers queue from 5AM NICKED Teen boy charged over Edinburgh 'murder bid' as woman suffered serious injuries Exclusive 'NO OTHER OPTION' Prince Harry 'close to tears' calling off Invictus Games over coronavirus John Lewis and Waitrose became the latest retailers today to announce limits on the purchase of some items - as coronavirus cases in the UK rose to 2,692 and the death toll to 137. It comes after rivals Tesco, Sainsbury's, Aldi, Asda and Morrisons all announced similar measures to ease stockpiling pressures. Toilet paper stockpile being 'guarded by COPS' after panic buying over virus