The last seven weeks have seen the way we shop for food change dramatically.
Brits are now used to waiting in lines with two metres between each other, shopping in one way systems and spraying down their trolleys.
But, it looks like another change may be on the way – this time giving us more freedom than we had pre-lockdown.
Supermarkets could be asked to stay open longer on Sundays to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated today that he is “looking at” relaxing the laws which deem how long supermarkets, and other shops, can remain open on Sundays.
He added that things might be done “differently and better” and said that we could be more “flexible” when it came to opening hours.
Details of a review, with information on when and how changes would be implemented, have not yet been released or confirmed.
A senior bishop has indicated that the Church of England may accept a temporary relaxation of Sunday rules.
By law, big shops like supermarkets must not be open for more than six hours on a Sunday between 10am and 6pm.
Shops which break this rule can be fined as part of the Sunday Trading Act.
Conservative MPs and religious groups have opposed the extension of Sunday hours in the past.
Many claim that Sunday’s are special for low-wage staff, that it gives smaller shops a chance to compete and that it would affect the lives of churchgoers.
However, the huge demands placed on supermarkets during the current crisis may mean that the Church allows a rule change.
The extension of hours would also boost the economy as essential shops are all that remains open for now.
Dr Alan Smith, The Bishop of St Albans, said the pandemic meant “we must all think about innovative and flexible ways to protect our local economies.”
Dr Smith, who speaks on behalf of the Church in the House of Lords, told the Sunday Telegraph : “We have always wanted to protect workers’ mental well-being and it is clear having a day off in common with the rest of our communities is key to those protections.
“The opportunity for a day of rest for all workers to spend time with loved ones is a basic right.
“So, while the novel coronavirus means we must all think about innovative and flexible ways to protect our local economies, it must not be at the expense of workers.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma has also privately lobbied for Sunday trading laws to be waived during the pandemic, reports The Mirror.
In a statement to The Sun, Boris Johnson said: “We are looking at Sunday trading, as we did in the 2012 Olympics.
“Why not start being flexible on things?
“If there is social distancing in shops, convenient for people, let’s look at that.
“But there are all sorts of ways in which we can start doing things differently and better.”