Tesco aplogises for saying it can't sell tampons

Clay Curtis
October 28, 2020

The confusion has sparked a backlash across the country and in London where United Kingdom ministers attacked the Welsh government over the chaos.

"My mum just wanted to cry as they are very essential and didn't know what to do".

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Adrian Sleeman said: "This is Starmer using Wales as a proxy war.

"Guess what? Wales is Labour-run - no surprise our puppet leader then opts for the Starmer plan".

Now, people in Wales will also be unable to browse certain aisles of supermarkets, as the Welsh Government has banned the sale of non-essential items within the shops that have remained open. "However, we have been told by the Welsh Government not to sell these items for the duration of the firebreak lockdown".

In a joint statement, the Welsh Retail Consortium, the Confederation of British Industry and the Association of Convenience Stores said that the final liability for breaking the rules of the "fire break" lockdown should rest with customers not stores.

Today we asked the health minister if a range of retailers in such an apparently competent and willing sector can interpret what he says so incorrectly, surely that points to communication problems at the Welsh Government end rather than the supermarkets.

It comes after they received political criticism over the ban of items in supermarkets selling the items.

The new lockdown in Wales has left some of its citizens confused
The new lockdown in Wales has left some of its citizens confused

The Welsh Government said it would not be responding to the statement, but it is understood to have been in discussions with the retailers.

Gething added that customers with "exceptional circumstances" should be permitted to purchase non-essential items. He added that he was "very saddened" to see Tesco's exchange on Twitter.

He said: "It's an incorrect reading of the regulations and the guidance".

Katie went on to tweet the supermarket saying: "Tesco can you explain why I was told today that I can't buy period pads as I'm sure they are essential to women?".

The FSB said that at a time when small businesses on the high street are forced to close, it would be an "unacceptable advantage" for supermarkets particularly in the run-up to Christmas.

In fact, the Welsh government replied to the now deleted tweet with: "This is wrong - period products are essential".

The Welsh Government also published a revised list of items which could be sold, including baby clothes and greetings cards, which had been locked away by some supermarkets as part of the ban. Only the sale of essential items during the firebreak should prevent people from spending more time in the stores than necessary. "It should not stop you accessing items that you need".

The new restrictions in Wales, which began at 6pm last Friday and will end on November 9, mean non-essential retail including clothes shops, furniture stores and vehicle dealerships must close.

Shops selling multiple types of product can stay open but only sell essential items - which, according to the Welsh government's website, include those that "would normally be sold in pharmacies and chemists".

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