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Panic buying sweeps the country AGAIN clearing shelves in Tesco and Morrisons stores despite rationing


PANIC buying has swept the country again as supermarket shelves have been cleared out despite some shops rationing products.

Images show bare shelves, which are reminiscent of what happened in March when the country was plunged into lockdown.

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Asda supermarkets in Wales were stripped of products as Cardiff, Llanelli and Swansea have gone into local lockdown.

It comes as major supermarkets have started reintroducing purchasing limits for popular products such as soap and dried pasta.

Morrisons became the UK’s first supermarket chain to bring back rationing on some products – despite there being plenty of stock.

The supermarket has rationed essentials such as toilet roll because shoppers are unnecessarily panic buying.

There is a limit of three per person on some items according to ITV news.

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We are introducing a limit on a small number of key products, such as toilet roll and disinfectant.

“Our stock levels of these products are good but we want to ensure that they are available for everyone.”  

Other supermarkets have since followed suit.

Tesco has brought back a limit of three items per person on five different products including: flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes.

It had also added further limits to a small number of items online such as rice and canned veg.

There are already some online restrictions, with limits on the number of face coverings, eggs, flour, and anti-bacterial products people can buy which have been in place for some time.

One Tesco in Cambridgeshire was seen to limit loo roll to one pack per customer.

Asda hasn’t reintroduced purchasing limits but they have 1,000 marshals in shops to ensure customers wear masks and follow social distancing.

In Waitrose, purchases will be limited to two per customer online and in shops for a small number of items, including toilet roll and hand sanitiser.

They are two on toilet roll, hand wash and sanitiser and 3 on certain other grocery items, including flour, pasta and household cleaning products.

For now, Co-op, Lidl Sainsbury’s, Iceland and Marks & Spencer have not implemented purchasing limits on products in person.

Research from March found that the empty shelves wasn’t caused by a handful of shoppers buying excessively, but more a case of everyone putting one extra of everything in their basket.

Andrew Opie from the British Retail Consortium, said: “Since March, retail businesses have strengthened their supply chains as well as investing hundreds of millions to make stores safe and secure for customers; this includes perspex screens, social distancing measures and additional hygiene measures.

“As such, retail remains a safe space for consumers, even under future lockdowns.

“Supply chains are stronger than ever before and we do not anticipate any issues in the availability of food or other goods under any future lockdown.

“Nonetheless, we urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as they normally would.”




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