Are shops open on Good Friday? Easter 2022 bank holiday opening times for Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and more

As well as being one of the key events in the holy week of Easter, Good Friday marks the start of a four-day weekend for many people in the UK.

Covid-19 restrictions have disrupted bank holidays significantly over the last couple of years, so people are now looking forward to making up for lost time.

However, for all of the joys of a day off work, bank holidays can frustrate you if you need to nip to the shops for some essentials.

Here’s what you need to know about when supermarkets are open on 15 April – Good Friday – and the rest of the Easter weekend.

When are supermarkets open on Good Friday?

Tesco

Tesco opening hours over the Easter period vary from store to store and by location.

On Good Friday many Tesco stores will operate normal trading hours but those that are normally open late will close earlier than usual.

All of their large stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be closed on Easter Sunday.

But their Express stores will remain open and their Scottish stores are open as normal.

On Easter Monday store opening hours will vary depending on location and store type.

You can find out your local store’s opening hours at Tesco’s store locator here.

Morrisons

Morrisons stores will be open as usual on Good Friday. All Morrisons stores (except for those in Scotland) will be closed. Stores in Scotland will be open as normal.

On Easter Monday most of the stores will be open 7am to 8pm although a few will remain open until 10pm.

You can check your local store’s opening hours here.

Asda

Asda advises only that as times vary across their supermarkets to check your local store’s opening hours here.

Aldi

On Good Friday and Easter Saturday Aldi stores will be open 8am to 10pm. They will be closed on Easter Sunday and reopen on Easter Monday from 8am to 8pm.

Aldi stresses that some opening hours may vary so do check your local store’s opening hours here.

Lidl

Lidl stores will have the usual opening hours on Good Friday and on the Saturday.

On Easter Sunday Lidl branches will be closed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but will be open as usual in Scotland.

Then on Easter Monday, stores will be open 8am to 8pm and open as usual in Scotland and inside the M25.

However, hours may vary at different stores so it’s best to check your local store’s opening hours here.

Sainsbury’s

On Easter Sunday, the “vast majority” of Sainsbury’s supermarkets across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be closed. Stores in Scotland will remain open.

Sainsbury’s Local stores will be open from 7am to 11pm.

Stores will be open as normal on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Openings hours do vary though, so it’s best to check the store locator for the latest details.

Waitrose & Partners

On Good Friday and Easter Monday, the majority of Waitrose & Partners shops will be open from 8am to 8pm, with some Little Waitrose shops opening from 6am to midnight.

All Waitrose & Partners shops will trade normal hours on Saturday 16 April.

Waitrose & Partners shops in England and Wales will close on Easter Sunday (17 April).

All Shell and Welcome Break stores will trade as usual.

Waitrose advises customers to check their website for local store opening times.

Can you get post on Good Friday?

There will be no Royal Mail postal collections or deliveries on Good Friday (15 April) or on Easter Monday (18 April).

However, post should operate as normal on Easter Saturday, before normal service will resume on Tuesday 19 April.

This disruption applies to the whole of the UK, even though Easter Monday is not a nationwide bank holiday in Scotland.

The Royal Mail explains: “We deliver and collect your mail on most days of the year, including Saturdays. However, we don’t usually deliver or collect on bank and public holidays.”

You can see a full calendar of the dates that post is affected by public holidays on the Royal Mail website here.

Many Post Offices will close for the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays.

However, local branches, such as those inside convenience stores, may still be open, albeit with reduced hours, while Post Offices should be operating at their normal times on Saturday.

You can use the Royal Mail’s branch finder to check for up-to-date information about your local Post Office, or the information you need to contact it directly.