The growing pandemic of the Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has sparked fears across the world. With thousands dead and tens of thousands infected, its no surprise that Britons are rushing to UK supermarkets to stockpile essential every day items incase of a self-imposed quarantine against the virus.
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Briton’s favourite supermarkets have been forced to act and issue customer rationing restrictions on everyday essential items after thousands of shoppers flock to stores and leave shelves empty.
Across the UK it has been reported that UK supermarkets shelves have been stripped bare, despite the Government urging the public against panic buying items.
Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose and Aldi have had to crack down on over cautious-shoppers who have been stockpiling in-demand items such as toilet roll, anti-bacterial spray and gel, pasta, tinned goods and cleaning items.
The full list of the restrictions at UK supermarkets has been revealed below:
The British supermarket has restricted customers to “a five-item maximum” on the number of milk, pastas and anti-bacterial wipes they can buy.
The restrictions started online on Sunday morning and in stores on Saturday afternoon. The restriction first was implemented by the supermarket giant after it had sold out many types of pastas online and in-store.
The supermarket will be setting a limit of five units per customer on a small number of products such as hand wash, toilet rolls and cleaners.
A post on the Morrisons website, reads: “You may notice that delivery slots for our online grocery service are becoming less readily available as the demand for home deliveries increases. We’re working hard to facilitate as many orders as we can, however, please be aware that you may need to book your slot further in advance than usual.
“You will also discover that there is a maximum order number on selected products so we can make sure our customers still have access to essential products.”
A post on the Asda website reads: “Like most retailers, we have seen a heightened demand for products both in stores and online – particularly on items like hand sanitiser and cleaning products and as a result, have implemented a two-item limit on purchasing these items.
“Whilst we are doing everything we can to maintain the availability of products for all our customers, we are asking our customers to shop responsibly in our stores and online so that everyone has access to the essentials.
“We are also grateful to our colleagues for their efforts to make sure our shelves are being refilled regularly and would ask customers to be patient with them as they try to meet this increased demand for products on the shop floor.”
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Waitrose is also restricting online sales of certain antibacterial soaps and wipes. According to the BBC, currently, the supermarket is in talks with suppliers to increase orders on every-day essential items.
Some stores have also introduced their own restrictions at a local level which limits customers to four packs of toilet paper per transaction.
Aldi has restricted all items in its store to four units.
The budget chain tweeted to say it had seen an “unprecedented demand” across its range and it wants to make all of its customers can purchase everything.
It added: “All our stores remain open and continue to serve our valued customers. We have good product availability and our colleagues are working tirelessly to restock and replenish shelves as quickly as they can.”
Currently, no restrictions have been confirmed.
Toilet roll has been rationed to two 12-packs per customer.
The website and app crashed yesterday as people rushed to buy food. The outrage came as the company said it was struggling to fulfill demand and that new customers would not be able to use the site.
“In this time of unusual demand, we have made the call to temporarily prioritise deliveries for you, our existing customers. This means, after today we will not be processing new customer bookings for the time being,” it wrote on Facebook.
“Naturally, we are very sorry to have to disappoint anyone that chooses Ocado, and we’re working hard to increase our delivery capacity.”
The High Street chemist Boots has restricted the sales of hand sanitisers to two per person.
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