The supermarkets’ ability to deliver food will still not be enough to meet increased demand during the foreclosure, the government has admitted.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said at the Downing Street daily press conference that food supplies in the retail sector had returned to pre-crisis normal levels, but said that more delivery slots were needed to allow households to buy food online.
There were 2.1 million delivery slots per week for online grocery shopping before the pandemic. This figure has been increased to 2.6 million to meet the additional demand from people who protect and cannot go to the stores themselves.
Eustice said supermarkets plan to add another 300,000 over the next two weeks, but “it still won’t be enough