Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Coronavirus: Tesco follows Morrisons by introducing limits on key items to prevent panic buying

Post Thumbnail

Supermarket giant Tesco has followed Morrisons by limiting the numbers of key items customers can purchase to curb panic buying following new measures being introduced to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday Morrisons introduced rationing on purchases of items such as toilet rolls and disinfectant, with customers only being permitted to buy three at a time.

And Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket, followed suit today by stopping people from bulk-buying products such as flour, pasta, toilet rolls and anti-bacterial wipes.

When lockdown was announced in March, shelves were stripped bare of items such as toilet rolls, pasta, rice, hand sanitiser, tinned tomatoes and soup.

Empty shelves were a regular sight during the early days and weeks of lockdown.

Shop as normal

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have got good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal.

“To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.”

Despite introducing the purchase limit on Thursday, Morrisons were also quick to stress that there were enough essential items “available for everyone”.

To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.

Tesco spokesperson

The moves by Morrison and Tesco come after supermarket chiefs asked shoppers to buy only what they actually needed, stressing that there are no supply issues.

On Wednesday, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said panic-buying is “unnecessary” and added that it “creates a tension in the supply chain” that can be easily avoided.

The chief executive of Aldi UK, Giles Hurley, wrote an open letter to customers urging them to “shop considerately” and reassuring them that Aldi stores remain “fully stocked”.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]