Coronavirus: UK Panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves of toilet roll amid second lockdown fears #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic

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Panic-buyers have returned to supermarkets to stockpile toilet roll amid fears of a second lockdown.

Shop shelves were stripped of bleach, toilet paper and other hygiene products in scenes reminiscent of March, when the first shutdown was announced.

However, supermarket firms Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Aldi said they have “good availability” and are yet to experience any shortages.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced new restrictions today, including a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.

Amit Karia, 37, shared a picture of customers bulk buying toilet rolls at Farm Foods in Ilford.

In the photograph one man can be seen pushing a trolley filled with toilet paper, while another woman queuing up behind him is holding multi-packs in her hands.

He told Mirror Online: “Panic buying has begun in my local farm foods.

“The woman had 8 packs and will come back in later and buy 8 more.. The reason why she carrying (them) is because there are no trolleys left.

“People were buying big as everyone (is) afraid of lockdown.”

Mr Karia, who took the picture on Sunday, said he also saw ‘absolute scenes’ in the Lidl next door.

However, a director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged consumers to be considerate of others and “shop as you normally would” – though he added supply chains are currently “stronger than ever”.

Tesco said its online capacity had almost doubled from 600,000 weekly delivery slots in March, to 1.5 million in September.

Director of food and sustainability at the BRC, Andrew Opie, said: “Supply chains are stronger than ever before and we do not anticipate any issues in the availability of food or other goods under a future lockdown.

“Nonetheless, we urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as they normally would.”

He added that retailers have done an “excellent job” making sure customers have access to food throughout the pandemic, while installing perspex screens and other social distancing measures.

“As such, retail remains a safe space for consumers, even under future lockdowns,” he said.

Shelves in several shops in North East Lincolnshire are starting to look empty once again in an eerie reminder of the days before lockdown was implemented in March.

One shopper told the Grimsby Telegraph : “People have definitely started to panic buy again. It’s ridiculous.

“The only reason why we had these issues last time is because people were buying too much for themselves and not leaving enough for the rest of us.

“If we just get our heads together and buy only what we need, we won’t have to worry about it, no matter whether we have a second lockdown or not.”

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