Are shops open on Boxing Day? Full guide to opening hours & new Tier 3 and 4 restrictions

Matt Hancock: Parts of south to enter Tier 4 on Boxing Day

Christmas has been a little different for millions of us this year. Sadly many people have been unable to celebrate with their families after Tier 4 restrictions were imposed on a raft of towns and cities in the south east of England, meaning those living in affected areas could not meet with anyone outside their household on Christmas Day. Now millions more will fall under the new Tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day, and it will change the way we live our lives under the new rules.

Tier 4 restrictions state that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have what is dubbed “a reasonable excuse” – including .

The rules also mean you cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them.

And while you can meet one person from another household outdoors, you must remain socially distant.

announcing the new on December 19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I know how much emotion people invest in this time of year, and how important it is for grandparents to see their grandchildren, and for families to be together.

“So I know how disappointing this will be, but we have said throughout this pandemic that we must and we will be guided by the science.”

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He added: “When the science changes, we must change our response. When the virus changes its method of attack, we must change our method of defence.

“As your Prime Minister, I sincerely believe there is no alternative open to me. Without action, the evidence suggests infections would soar, hospitals would become overwhelmed and many thousands more would lose their lives.”

Along with this strict regulations Tier 4 means non-essential retail will closed, along with pubs, bars and restaurants that cannot operate as takeaway facilities.

Food shops and supermarkets will remain open, but you’re trip to the Boxing Day sales will look a little different this year.

If you hoped on heading out to the shops Express.co.uk has a full guide on the food shops open on December 26.

What time does Tesco open?

Tesco is expected to open from 9am to 6pm across England on Boxing Day.

Tesco says: “Opening hours may vary from store to store so we advise customers to visit the Tesco Store locator site online.”

Find your local Tesco store. opening times here or check out our full Tesco Christmas opening hours guide.

What time does Asda open?

Asda shops are closed on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year.

Find your local Asda store. opening times here or check out our full Asda Christmas opening hours guide.

What time does Lidl open?

Lidl workers will get an extra day off this year, with all stores closed on December 25 and many shops remaining closed on December 26.

Stores will be closed in Wales and England outside the M25 but some will be open from 11am to 5pm in Scotland and 10am to 7pm in London

Find your local Lidl store.

Check out our full Lidl Christmas opening hours guide.

What time does Aldi open?

Aldi shops will be closed on December 26.

Find your local Aldi store opening times here or check out our full Aldi Christmas opening hours guide.

What time does Morrisons open?

On December 26, most Morrisons shops will be open from 9am to 6pm.

However, this could change from store to store so it’s important to check your local shop’s opening times before heading out to avoid disappointment.

Find your local Morrisons store. opening times here or check out our full Morrisons Christmas opening hours guide.

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