Panic buying leaves some Tesco and Morrisons shelves empty despite rationing

Panic buying has swept across the country again as supermarket shelves were stripped of their products despite some shops rationing products.

Images show bare shelves, which are reminiscent of the scenes from March when the country was first plunged into coronavirus lockdown.

Asda supermarkets in Wales were stripped of products as Cardiff, Llanelli and Swansea have gone into local lockdown.

It comes as major supermarkets have started reintroducing limits for popular products including soap and dried pasta. Morrisons became the UK's first big chain to bring back rationing on some products, despite there being plenty of stock.

The supermarket has rationed essentials such as toilet roll because shoppers are unnecessarily panic buying. There is reportedly a limit of three per person on some items.

A Morrisons spokesman said: "We are introducing a limit on a small number of key products such as toilet roll and disinfectant.

"Our stock levels of these products are good but we want to ensure that they are available for everyone."

Other supermarkets have since followed suit.

Tesco has brought back a limit of three items per person on five different products including: flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes.

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There are already some online restrictions, with limits on the number of face coverings, eggs, flour, and anti-bacterial products people can buy which have been in place for some time.

One Tesco in Cambridgeshire was seen to limit loo roll to one pack per customer.

Asda has not yet reintroduced purchasing limits but they have 1,000 marshals in shops to ensure customers wear masks and follow social distancing.

In Waitrose, purchases will be limited to two per customer online and in shops for a small number of items, including toilet roll and hand sanitiser.

They are two on toilet roll, hand wash and sanitiser and 3 on certain other grocery items, including flour, pasta and household cleaning products.

Andrew Opie, from the British Retail Consortium, said: "Since March, retail businesses have strengthened their supply chains as well as investing hundreds of millions to make stores safe and secure for customers.

"This includes perspex screens, social distancing measures and additional hygiene measures."

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