Coronavirus: Tesco and Morrisons restricting key products in Suffolk stores

Daniel Fowler
September 27, 2020

Tesco, the country's largest supermarket chain, now limits certain products in its stores to three purchases per person: flour, pasta, toilet paper, disinfectant, and baby wipes.

Many introduced limits on the number of certain items that customers could buy, such as flour, pasta or toilet roll.

A spokesperson for the supermarket said: "We have got good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal".

However, the supermarket chain has introduced "bulk-buy limits" on a "small number of products", a spokeswoman said, "to ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need".

Other supermarkets such as Lidl have also discouraged the behaviour, saying in a statement to customers: "Our stores are being replenished every day".

Supermarket bosses insisted the new coronavirus rules, including the "rule of six", pub curfews and bans on households mixing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland had not triggered any panic-buying comparable to the spring.

Lewis described the trend as "unnecessary", adding that it "creates a tension in the supply chain" that can be easily avoided.

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Waitrose shoppers in West London similarly found that they were only allowed to buy a limited number of essential items at one time.

Morrisons have also introduced a rule that prohibits customers from purchasing more than three of items such as toilet roll and disinfectant.

The other members of the big four chains, Sainsbury's and Asda, are yet to impose any restrictions.

When asked whether Sainbury's, another large grocery chain, would reintroduce product limits, a spokesperson told Business Insider: "We aren't now restricting products".

A spokesperson for Morrisons told Business Insider that its stock levels remained "good", but that the grocer wants "to ensure that they are available for everyone".

Other supermarkets have brought in a variety of rules as the United Kingdom ramps up for a second wave of COVID-19.

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