Supermarkets ration items and stagger shoppers’ entry in bid to curb coronavirus panic buying


Supermarkets have started staggering shoppers’ entry into stores and increased rationing of certain items in a bid to further curb panic buying.

In recent weeks, many supermarkets have sold out of a number of items including toilet roll, hand sanitiser and long-lasting food, as people stock up in case of self-isolation.

Unfortunately this has meant many in genuine need of these products, or those who cannot make it to the shops, have been forced to go without.

Now both Tesco and Sainsbury’s have introduced new measures to reduce the amount of panic buying and ensure every customer has acces to what they need.

Tesco in Hanley staggered entry for customers this morning and signs were placed near the entrance advising shoppers on the new limits on certain items.

Sainsbury’s has also placed a limit on similar products and on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, the hour between 8am and 9am will be dedicated to elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers.

The signs in Tesco read: “To help all our customers get what they need at this difficult time, the following restrictions have now been put in place.

Tesco staggers entry for customers

“Products containing paracetamol or Ibuprofen, baby milk, toilet rolls and fresh milk are restricted to one item per customer. All other products, for example tins of soup and pasta, regardless of flavour, are restricted to three per customer.

“Thank you for your continued understanding.”

Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe said: “We are working with our suppliers to get even more stock of essential items. We have put restrictions in place to ensure more products are on shelf for longer.

The signs in Tesco

“From Monday, we’re consolidating our opening hours and all our supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm. This means we can focus our store colleagues’ time on keeping shelves stocked and serving our customers well during the times that most of you are already shopping.

“Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 8am to 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as NHS and Social Care workers.

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“They will just need to show us their pass or ID when they visit. We will be working to keep our shelves well stocked and would encourage customers to arrive throughout the hour to prevent queues forming and to help everyone keep a safe distance.”





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