Britons in self-isolation for Christmas struggle to get delivery slots

‘Looks like cereal for Christmas dinner then’: Britons forced into self-isolation for festive period struggle to get last-minute delivery slots at major supermarkets

  • People self-isolating having trouble getting food deliveries before December 25 
  • Mother stuck at home with nine-month-old baby says slots are ‘sold out for days’
  • Others say first delivery slots aren’t until a time by when they’ll be out of isolation

Britons plunged in self-isolation for Christmas are struggling to get last-minute supermarket delivery slots with some joking they will probably be ‘eating cereal’. 

People stuck inside took to social media to report having trouble getting slots before December 25 at the likes of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.

One primary school teacher in Scotland said all slots for delivery through Asda were ‘sold out for days’ and she was stuck at home in isolation with a nine-month-old baby.

And a London-based Twitter user called Hol said there were ‘no delivery slots for groceries online, guess me and Naomi are having cereal for Christmas then.’

A third from Oxford said: ‘Just tested positive for Covid and the first available Tesco delivery slot is January 4, by which time I’ll be out of isolation. Get me off this dismal island.’

But others had more luck using Amazon Fresh, which offers same-day delivery of Morrisons groceries, as well as Co-Op and express grocery firms such as Gorillas.

Those who did manage to get a delivery while isolating also faced problems with what turned up at their door, with Abi Williams from Cheshire tweeting: ‘Brilliant! 

‘Order an Asda delivery for Christmas as I’m now isolating and don’t finish until Christmas Day and the turkey was cancelled! Looks like chicken nuggets will be my Christmas dinner! Thanks, Asda.’

However, she later added that the problem had been resolved and Asda sent her some flowers, saying: ‘Massive thank you to Asda for sorting my turkey problem out! 

‘An easy error to make especially during Christmas but rectified so quickly thank you Vince in head office and to Abi in the Asda Birchwood store! Really appreciate it and the flowers are lovely. Thank you.’  

Meanwhile Rich Grove from London said: ‘So reliable all year around, Tesco fail to deliver the one item in the year that is needed most, the Christmas Turkey.

‘They replaced this with chicken (not an acceptable substitute) so I am off out in the hope of finding a suitable Turkey before half the neighbourhood wakes up.’ 

And John Robertson from Glasgow added: ‘First and last time getting shopping delivered [frpm] Sainsbury’s. 

‘No turkey, shelf life of Xmas day staples too short, and items I suspect are there but they just don’t want to carry them. So Christmas Day dinner cancelled!

Britons plunged in self-isolation for Christmas are struggling to get last-minute supermarket delivery slots (file picture)

But some Britons may not even need a delivery anymore, after it was revealed that more than 280,000 people infected with coronavirus and facing Christmas alone can now safely enjoy festivities with their families after a change in isolation rules.

Health chiefs today said those who test positive can be released after seven days, rather than 10, providing they take two lateral flow tests at the end of that period.

Infected patients can take the tests 24 hours apart on day six and seven of their isolation period, which if negative means they can stop quarantining. 

This means the 102,875 people who tested positive on December 15, the 95,058 on December 16, and a further 82,945 people who contracted the virus on December 17 will be free to enjoy Christmas together with loved ones under the new rules. 

MailOnline has contacted Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer for comment. 

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