SINCE TIME OF WRITING PANIC BUYING HAS FALLEN AND SOME SUPERMARKETS HAVE REMOVED RESTRICTIONS.
There is no shortage of food or essentials.
Supermarkets have robust supply chains and the Government has acted to help support them.
There are only gaps on the shelves due to excessive purchasing. We must resist the urge and think of others.
Supermarkets have now implemented the following restrictions:
Maximum of 3 per item, and 2 per item on key products such as toilet roll, soap, and UHT milk.
First shopping hour exclusively for "elderly and vulnerable customers".
Sainsbury's will also be updating their online shopping availability, and from March 23 they will be adding "priority access to online delivery slots" for customers aged over 70, or those who have a disability.
Tesco has introduced similar purchasing restrictions, limiting the amount of baked beans, dry pasta and UHT milk its customers can buy
Limiting some food and drink to five items per customer, in addition to antibacterial gels, wipes, sprays, and Calpol.
Reducing the hours of all of its 24-hour stores to 6am to 10pm
Asda is restricting all items to a maximum of three per customer across all food items, toiletries and cleaning products
Closing its 24 hour stores between 12am and 6am temporarily
Asda will also be temporarily closing services such as cafes and pizza counters.
Will be recruiting around 2,500 pickers and drivers, as well as 1,000 staff in its distribution centres to expand its online shopping services.
It will make more slots available and also set up a call centre for those without access to online shopping, such as the elderly.
From Monday, (23rd March), Morrisons is introducing an NHS hour in all stores from 7am to 8am, Monday to Saturday for NHS workers to shop.
Limiting all products to 4 per customer