3 major supermarkets, which between them operate 7 stores on the Isle of Wight, are rationing products such as antibacterial products, medicine and even water.
With coronavirus spreading throughout the country, the decision has been taken by Tesco, Asda and Morrisons to start restricting how many items shoppers can buy in a bid to stop the shelves running empty.
It was announced yesterday evening that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed on the Isle of Wight, as previously reported by Island Echo. As of 8th March 2020, a total of 273 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.
Tesco – which operates an Extra store in Ryde and Express stores in Wootton, Lake and Ventnor – has announced that they’ve begun rationing items such as antibacterial products, long life milk, children’s medicines, tinned vegetables and even water. Each shopper is limited to 5 items when buying both in store and online.
Asda, with their single store in Newport, are restricting the purchase of hand sanitiser to just 2 per customer – a similar move to stores such as Boots and Superdrug.
Morrisons, which has stores in Lake and Newport, has just started to limit purchases on their website and this could easily lead to in-store restrictions.
Supplies are noticeably low in stores across the Island. One small shop in The Bay area said that they normally sell around 3 packs of toilet roll a day but by lunchtime today they had already sold 16 packs.