World News – US – Buyers strip shelves of essential household items before lockdown

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Posted: 23:26 GMT, October 31, 2020 | Updated: 11:51 am GMT, November 1, 2020

Hours before Boris Johnson officially announced the move, queues formed outside supermarkets across the country as customers scrambled to stock up

Hundreds of people waited outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton, while shelves were stripped of toilet rolls at Poundland in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

Hundreds of people waited outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton People are seen buying toilet rolls at Costco Watford

Lorraine Foster, who drove to a Costco in Sudbury to buy Halloween goodies, said: ‘The line was huge, it’s ridiculous I think people are just starting to get a little anxious now with the new restrictions coming ‘

Meanwhile, Ocado delivery slots were also in high demand, with the online supermarket saying it was selling faster than usual

Big chains such as Tesco and Asda have said it is too early to say if people have regressed in panicky shopping at the start of the year and have reassured customers that they have enough in stock to meet increased demand

Sainsbury’s said: « We are not currently restricting products Customers can continue to shop safely and with confidence in our stores, where they will see that we have good availability ‘

Buyers braved the excruciating weather in Southampton yesterday to stock up on household items ahead of the lockdown

However, there were signs on social media that some customers were having reservations, with Twitter user Sinead Johnson saying, ‘I walked into Asda to get some pieces for my Halloween movie night and the half of the shelves were already empty The panic buying has started ‘

Supermarkets are understood to have not received any prior warning of a nationwide lockdown A source said: ‘The government has blinded us again’

Panic buying was back in the UK today as desperate Britons rushed to nearby supermarkets to stock up on toilet rolls amid news that the country may be heading for a second national lockdown next week

The jokesters took to Twitter to share funny memes about bursting toilet paper piles and filling their booze cart

It comes after a Cabinet source told the Mail that the dramatic move to bring the whole country back to tighter coronavirus restrictions will be announced next week

Although most supermarkets have yet to report increased sales, queues formed outside Costco in Manchester this morning

Rolls of toilet paper were stacked in some customers’ carts as a long line of shoppers snaked around the store

The joksters took to Twitter to share funny memes about bursting toilet paper piles and filling their booze cart

Lidl has warned it will take action to stop wholesale buying if buyers try to do more than their fair share

A spokesperson said: ‘We hope all customers will remain attentive to others when shopping with us to ensure that everyone continues to have access to the products they need.

‘However, it is at the discretion of our store managers, if customers begin to buy in bulk, to limit the purchase of specific items in that store.’

A spokesperson said: ‘We have good availability in stores and online, with a lot of stock to browse, and we encourage our customers to shop normally.’

This morning Twitter was inundated with panic shopping memes as people braced for a few intense days

While most supermarkets have yet to report an increase in sales, queues formed outside Costco in Manchester this morning

Lidl has warned it will take action to stop wholesale buying if shoppers try to do more than their fair share Pictured, shoppers at Costco in Manchester this morning

A woman stacked rolls of toilet paper in her cart before heading back to Costco in Manchester earlier today

Next to the image of an Asda storefront, one of them wrote: “My morning in three acts Act 1: Wake up and see that #UKLockdown is coming Act 2: 805am I not gonna be one of those panicking idiots Act 3 9am ‘

Another said: « People are going to freak out buying toilet paper, while I am in the beer aisle filling the cart # lockdown2 »

Brian Roe said: ‘Get ready for the big bog rush pt2, starting today at a supermarket near you Also with pasta, hand sanitizer and tomatoes in canned Get there early to avoid massive queues of stupid people ‘

This morning Twitter was inundated with panic shopping memes as people braced for a few intense days

Scientists on the Sage Committee yesterday presented No.10 with grim numbers showing that Covid is spreading ‘much’ faster than even their initial ‘worst case’ prediction

Responding to reports of a nationwide lockdown to be announced for England next week, Helen Dickinson, Managing Director of the British Retail Consortium, said:

‘There are no circumstances in which business premises should close during a second nationwide lockdown

‘In April and May’ non-essential ‘stores were losing £ 1.6 billion per week in lost sales; now that we are entering the Christmas shopping season these losses will certainly be much greater

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a nationwide lockdown next week after his science advisers told him it was the only way to save Christmas

«  It will cause untold damage to main streets as Christmas approaches, cost countless jobs, and permanently delay the recovery of the economy as a whole, with only minimal effect on the transmission of the virus’

Last night, a Cabinet source told the Mail that the dramatic move would be announced next week

It was not clear exactly what form the new lock would take, what the closing order would be or how long it would last

The government now faces a critical weekend to determine the form of measures ahead of an announcement

Social media users joked that they were preparing for a toilet paper hunt in the days leading up to the second lockdown

Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are reportedly concerned about the move, fearing that it will leave the economy in tatters

But scientists – backed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Senior Minister Michael Gove – told them the virus was set to kill 85,000 people this winter and that it was too late for a se – saying « circuit cut »

They called for a longer national lockdown – similar to the month-long shutdown in France – saying it was the only way to stop hospitals from running out of beds

In a clear signal of the government’s deep division on the issue, a Cabinet source said opponents of a lockdown were ‘not ready to surrender’

Desperate Britons have rushed to stock up on ’emergency wine’ and book haircuts, it has been announced that Boris Johnson is expected to announce a second nationwide lockdown next week

Details of the lockdown feud emerged after the Mail revealed how the Prime Minister was notified by scientists – led by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance – that all hospitals in England will be full by December 17 unless he takes no more action

A spokesperson for Sainsbury said: ‘We are not currently restricting products Customers can continue to shop safely and with confidence in our stores, where they will see we have good availability

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‘We continue to prioritize the elderly and vulnerable for home delivery We have more than doubled the number of locations we can offer for home delivery and click & Collect and can now serve over 700,000 orders per week This means there is good availability for everyone ‘

Meanwhile, the public is firmly against a ban on buying non-essential items from supermarkets during the lockdown, poll found

Buyers were outraged after items such as clothing, electrical appliances and toys were labeled ‘non-essential’ by the Welsh government

Now an investigation has revealed that the Welsh public is opposed to the decision which was introduced as the country plunged into a ‘firewall’ lockdown last week

Survation poll found 59% reject purchasing restrictions – despite supporting two-week firewall lockdown target

A significant 67% of people over 55 said they were «  strongly opposed  » or «  somewhat opposed  » to the ban on non-essential products

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