UK supermarket Tesco in Sussex are trialling a ‘quiet hour’ every Saturday morning in an attempt to help autism sufferers do their shopping.

Every Saturday morning, for one hour the lights will be dimmed and in-store music and announcement systems will be turned off.

Tesco says if the quiet hour is a success, they will look at rolling it out across all their stores in the UK.

The announcement follows a survey by the National Autistic Society UK that showed supermarkets were considered the ‘most isolating environment’ for sufferers of autism.

I think we should applaud Tesco for taking this step in the right direction and I would like to see them expand this across all stores and lead the way for other shops to implement this too.

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  • well i hope that the public gets on board as well and doesn’t “disturb” the shoppers during this time. Some people can be rude and inconsiderate of others and possibly would be noisy/disruptive on purpose.


  • This is such a great idea, some of the supermarkets out here should try doing it


  • What a wonderful thing to do.


  • I think this is a very thoughtful idea and I hope it truly takes off. Good on you Tesco


  • Oh wow, this is rather wonderful and different.


  • What a fantastic idea. A great initiative that demonstrates inclusion for all customers.


  • Great move !


  • This is awesome, there is a supermarket in Adelaide that does this quiet hour and it has been well received,

    • So pleased to read that an Aussie store is doing this too. :)

      • I agree very well done indeed.


  • A wonderful and inclusive initiative and I just hope more stores far and wide get on board.


  • This seems like a caring and helpful idea.


  • I wish I could remember the name of the store and which country it was in. A store had a separate opening time for Autistic people to do their Christmas Shopping. From memory they did it after closing time instead of early so that not other shoppers could enter before the Autistic people had finished their shopping at their leisure so they didn’t have to rush too much and be upset.


  • Good on them for doing so!


  • What a fantastic idea! When I saw the heading I thought “oh here we go, you can’t take your kids in at certain times” but I was pleasantly surprised with this. Let’s hope it’s successful.


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