Tesco has put measures in place to avoid panic buying key household essentials as coronavirus restrictions are tightened.
In March all the major supermarkets introduced temporary rationing after shelves were stripped bare for essentials during the coronavirus lockdown.
The measures were slowly lifted, but now stores are anxious to avoid a repeat of the stockpiling that was going on.
Tesco has now put a “three-per-person” limit on a number of items after coronavirus infections rose by more than 6,000 in one day.
A spokeswoman for Tesco said: “We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal.
“To ensure that everyone can keep being what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.”
It is understood the rationing decision was based on evidence of a small uplift in demand for the goods.
This is done to “ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Full list of items being rationed at Tesco
Tesco is allowing three items per customer of the following:
- Dried pasta
- Toilet roll
- Baby wipes
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- There are additional limits online on items such as rice, tinned vegetables, eggs and face coverings
- There is also a limit of 95 items per online order
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Tesco’s CEO Dave Lewis told Sky News earlier in the week: “I think the UK saw how well the food industry managed last time, so there’s very good supplies of food.
“We just don’t want to see a return to unnecessary panic buying because that creates a tension in the supply chain that’s not necessary.
“And therefore we would just encourage customers to continue to buy as normal.”
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So keep in mind that there is no need to bulk buy, as there is plenty of items for everyone if everyone shops responsibly.
Keep in mind that face coverings are mandatory if you shop at Tesco, as well as all other supermarkets.
Tesco has said disposable masks are available to buy at the entrance of all branches if you forget.
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