Coronavirus: Tesco and Morrisons restricting key products in Suffolk stores

Darnell Taylor
September 27, 2020

Tesco has introduced limits on the sale of some key items to prevent customers from panic-buying as the government introduced new coronavirus restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. They described their store was "worse than a bad Christmas, it was terrible".

To slow down the stockpiling, Tesco and Morrisons are the first of the large United Kingdom supermarket chains to introduce rations of essential items, including toilet paper, dried pasta, flour, baby wipes, and antibacterial wipes.

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

Social media users began posting images of empty shelves on Monday, when rumours of the stricter measures began to emerge, and toilet paper sales rose 23% in the week to Tuesday, The Guardian reported.

"Our inventory levels for these products are good, but we want them to be available to everyone", said a Morrisons spokesperson.

Other supermarket chains such as Asda and Sainsbury's have yet to introduce any limit policies in stores.

"We have remained open for our customers throughout the pandemic and will continue to have daily deliveries, often multiple times a day, across all of our products".

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Panic-buying became a huge issue back in March.

A Netherfield supermarket is to reintroduce the rationing of essential goods.

Enhanced measures introduced in recent weeks have not triggered stock-piling by customers, according to several supermarkets approached by the BBC earlier this week.

All you need to know about the new coronavirus restrictions However, supermarkets and retail groups have been quick to stress they have not yet experienced shortages and are urging customers to "shop as normal".

When asked whether Sainbury's, another large grocery chain, would reintroduce product limits, a spokesperson told Business Insider: "We aren't now restricting products".

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