Morrisons begins rationing items as second wave panic buying hits supermarkets

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Morrisons has become the first supermarket to reintroduce ration limits as the number of coronaviruses continues to rise in the UK.The retail giant said a new limit of “three per person” now applies to popular items, including cleaning products and toilet paper.

The chain, which urged shoppers not to panic-buy earlier this week, said the restrictions would apply to a “small number of products.”

“We are introducing a limit on a small number of key products, such as toilet paper and disinfectant,” a Morrisons spokesperson told ITV News.

“We have good stocks of these products, but we want to make sure that they are available for everyone.

“You don’t have to buy more than you usually would.

“I want to reassure you that our stores remain well stocked and ask you to continue shopping carefully.

“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.



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

It came as Asda announced plans to recruit 1,000 new security guards to provide ready-made baskets and carts to shoppers and remind them to wear face masks while shopping.

Those who show up without a mask will be offered a pack of disposable products that they can pay for with their shop.

Meanwhile, Aldi boss Giles Hurley told customers to “shop considerably” in a warning this week.

“You don’t have to buy more than you usually would,” he wrote in an email to customers.



The shelves were left completely empty in March after households saturated with purchases

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“I want to reassure you that our stores remain well stocked and ask you to continue shopping carefully.

“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.

While supermarkets say there are no signs of panic buying just yet, sales of toilet paper rolls have climbed 23% in the past week, according to a supplier to major supermarkets, while buyers also bought additional cans, pastes and pain relief tablets. since the weekend.

In March, shelves were empty of cans, toilet rolls and dried pasta after the UK was locked down.

With the industry eager to avoid a repeat this fall, the British Retail Consortium has urged shoppers not to change their buying habits.

Andrew Opie, from the British Retail Consortium, told Mirror Money: “Supermarkets have put in place a series of security measures to protect staff and customers.

“In the event of future lockdowns, we urge consumers to be considerate and purchase food as they usually would during this difficult time. “

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