Coronavirus: Supermarkets urge shoppers to stop panic buying
"There is enough for everyone if we all work together."
These days, the sight is all too familiar: supermarket aisles completely void of toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and dried pasta.
But as the number of Coronavirus cases rises in the UK, and amid concern over stockpiling, British supermarkets have issued a plea to shoppers – urging them to be ‘more considerate’ to others and to stop panic buying.
The joint letter from members of the British Retail Consortium explains that retailers are working with the government and suppliers to make sure shelves are well-stocked. It adds, “We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.
"We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.
"There is enough for everyone if we all work together.”
The letter comes after supermarkets were forced to ration certain items, including anti-bacterial gels, UHT milk and tinned vegetables, to prevent them from selling out completely.
Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe also issued an email to shoppers, which explained, “There are gaps on shelves because of increased demand, but we have new stock arriving regularly and we're doing our best to keep shelves stocked. Our store colleagues are working tirelessly and doing the best job they can.
“Which brings me onto a request. Please think before you buy and only buy what you and your family need. If we all do this then we can make sure we have enough for everyone. And please help elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours with their shopping if you can.”
Morrisons Chief Executive David Potts also released a statement outlining the steps the supermarket chain is taking to ensure that its shops and online stores are well-stocked, adding, "We have plans in place to respond as the situation develops and we are working every day to meet the changing nature of the impact of this pandemic."