Coronavirus UK: Morrisons rations items amid fears of ‘second wave’


Supermarket bosses said purchases would be limited to three items per customer “on a small number of products” (Photo: Sarah Milnes /

Morrisons has resumed rationing some commodities as fears of a second wave of panic buying sweep the UK.

Purchases will be limited to three items per customer “on a small number of products,” including the toilet paper roll and disinfectant, as the country sees the third largest increase in cases since the start of the pandemic.

It comes after buyers were forced to queue at 6 a.m. in the fight for essentials during the first wave of Covid-19 in March.

A Morrisons spokesperson told ITV News there was a lot of stock on hand, saying, “We are putting a limit on a small number of key products, such as toilet paper and disinfectant.

“Our stock levels of these products are good, but we want to make sure they are available to everyone.

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Other supermarket bosses have also urged the country not to return to storage, saying there is more than enough for everyone.

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis called the panic purchase “unnecessary” on Wednesday, adding that it “creates a strain in the supply chain” that is easily avoided.

Near empty shelves at Morrisons in Leicester (Photo: Sarah Milnes /

A Morrisons store is pictured in St Albans, Britain on September 10, 2020. REUTERS / Peter Cziborra

A Morrisons store in St Albans, Great Britain, September 10, 2020 (Photo: REUTERS)

9/22/20 Pictured: Customers line up outside Costco Chingford People line up at Costco Chingford, north London, after Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty was joined by Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance for a televised address to the nation yesterday. Supermarkets have been reported to be stepping up security at their doors and have doubled the number of delivery slots amid fears the panic buying of Covid-19 could return.

Customers line up outside Costco Chingford in north London, before new restrictions appear this week (Photo: Nick Edwards)

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Supermarket bosses say there is more than enough for everyone (Photo: Duncan McGlynn)

Meanwhile, Aldi boss Giles Hurley has written to customers saying, “You don’t have to buy more than you usually would.

“I want to reassure you that our stores remain fully stocked and ask you to continue shopping with care.

“We have remained open to our customers throughout the pandemic and will continue to make daily deliveries, often multiple times a day, for all of our products.

An Icelandic branch in West Worthing limited its customers to one packet of toilet paper per visit, although a spokesperson said it was a mere “local initiative” and not a policy to l ‘company wide.

A statement read, “We have seen some increase in demand for paper products over the past few days, but no evidence of panic buying. There shouldn’t be either.

“There is a lot of inventory in the system so there is no need for the company to impose official restrictions on purchases. ”

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