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Tesco introduces purchasing limits on certain items to prevent panic buying

The main purpose of the supermarket is to make all customers have access to some products.

Tesco introduces new rationing

The supermarket giant Tesco introduces purchasing limits on certain staple items. The main purpose is to make all customers have access to these products. A letter sent by Tesco urges people to shop “as normal” so everyone can get hold of what they need.

Tesco introduces purchasing limits: items involved

The new measures provide Tesco’s customers won’t be able to buy more than one pack of toilet rolls. Moreover, they will also only be able to buy up to three items when it comes to eggs, rice and soap.

tesco rationing

Before this time, Tesco had already made use of some measures of this type. Infact, in September, it introduced caps to prevent a shortage of items following the panic-buying seen at the first wave of Covid-19 in March.

So, items as flour, dried pasta, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes have been limited for several months but the cap on the new items has been introduced on and off since April. It was last in force in November.

From Tesco’s recommendations to France’s restrictions

Tesco’s spokesman said: “The extra limits are just pre-emptive measures to help us smooth demand rather than a reaction to change in buying behaviour or product shortages”. Moreover, he also revealed that hand gels and sanitizer are still unlimited.

On the other hand, Tesco asked people to “shop alone” to avoid crowded shops and lines in a bid to help stop the spread of the virus.

Tesco also said more than 300 of its stores across the country will be open 24 hours until Christmas Eve. At the same time, many of its stores are planning to open from 5 am.

The latest restrictions come after France forced a 48-hour ban on delivery traffic arriving from the UK. It tries to reduce the spread of a new strain of Covid-19 after first identified in Kent.

There are currently 3,000 lorries stuck in Dover due to the restrictions. The ban will be lifted as of midnight for all those drivers who can give a negative test.

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