Lots of customers were running to essential household items this morning before a second national lockdown came next week.
Toilet rolls, pasta and canned food were emptied on supermarket shelves across the UK as desperate Brits were ready to settle at home for the next month.
The scenes come after Boris Johnson was catapulted last night to announce a four-week shutdown for England from Thursday to December 2nd as coronavirus cases have risen across the country.
Today, Michael Gove suggested that England could have Christmas in full swing if the four-week shutdown in November didn't lower transmission rates in the country.
At a Tesco store in Grimsby, shelves are being emptied of toilet paper as customers try to buy household items in bulk this morning
Shoppers are racing to buy toilet rolls after Boris Johnson announced a four-week shutdown for England last night
At a Tesco store in Surrey Queues, south east London, the pasta packages seem to be running out
Hundreds of people waited outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton while toilet rolls were being cleared from shelves at Poundland in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Meanwhile, at a Tesco shop in Surrey Queues, southeast London, the pasta shelves seemed empty as customers rushed to buy the groceries.
Lorraine Foster, who went to a Costco in Sudbury to pick up some Halloween treats, said, “The line has been huge, it's ridiculous. I think people are just getting a little anxious about the new restrictions that are coming. & # 39;
In the meantime, Ocado delivery stations were also in great demand. The online supermarket said it was "selling out faster than usual".
Big chains like Tesco and Asda said it was too early to say if people had retreated to panic buying earlier in the year and reassured customers that they had enough inventory to cope with increased demand.
Sainsbury & # 39; s said, & # 39; We don't currently restrict any products. Customers can continue to shop safely and with confidence in our stores, where they can see that we have good availability. & # 39;
A Tesco spokesperson added, "We want to encourage our customers to shop as usual."
However, there were signs on social media that some customers were stocking up. Twitter user Sinead Johnson said, “I stopped by Asda to get a few bits and pieces for my Halloween movie night and half the shelves were empty. The panic buying has started. & # 39;
It is assumed that supermarkets have not been warned of a national lockdown. A source said, "The government has made us blind again."
Today Michael Gove suggested that England could have Christmas in full swing too if the R-rate across the country didn't drop enough.
The cabinet minister, who appeared on Sky News on Sophy Ridge, defended the prime minister's latest move, saying the government would review the data in November.
Customers empty toilet roll shelves as Tesco shop in Surrey queues following the Prime Minister's announcement
The pasta shelves are being emptied as shoppers prepare to settle at home for the next month
Buyers line up outside a Costco wholesale store in Leeds as the country prepares for a second national lockdown
Shoppers are rushing to shop well at a Tesco store in Grimsby after the Prime Minister announced a four-week closure to England from Thursday to December 2
Panic buying is back as the folks at Costco Manchester are pushing trolleys in the rain today
Hundreds were waiting outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton. At Costco Watford you can see people buying toilet paper
Shoppers brave Southampton's dire weather yesterday to stock up on essential household items before the lockdown
When asked whether the national lockdown could be extended, he replied, "Yes."
He said: “We want to be in a position where we can – and I think we probably are – take an approach where we can reduce action at the national level and also at the regional level if we can reduce the infection rate lower sufficiently.
“Since the regional approach is an approach we want to take whenever possible, because we are realizing again that in the future it may be the case that if R is reduced below 1 and national restrictions are reduced in certain Areas showing a specific increase require specific regional measures. "
But he added, "We'll check on December 2nd but we'll always depend on what the data shows."
Mr Gove also stated that over the next four weeks the government would have a "clear plan" to support the economy and protect the NHS.
He continued, “With such a vicious virus and its ability to move so fast, it would be foolish to predict with absolute certainty what will happen in four weeks if, over the past two weeks, its rate, infectivity and their malignancies have grown, ”he said.
"So of course we will look at what to do, but we have a clear plan for the next four weeks (period) to support the economy and protect the NHS."
Last night, the prime minister was forced to speed up his second-national announcement after his plans of a secret ministerial meeting were leaked.
The leak meant the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the Cabinet were informed of the decision.
Has the panic buying already started? The British are flooding the Internet with memes as they stock up on "emergency wine" and tell of plans to rush to the hairdresser when new bans threaten
- The cabinet source told Mail that the lockdown return will be announced next week
- Social media users have shared memes desperate about the new restrictions
- They joked about running out of toilet paper and others joking about stocking up on wine
by Emer Scully and Joe Davies for MailOnline
Panic buying was back in the UK today as desperate Brits rushed to nearby supermarkets to stock up on toilet rolls amid news that the country could face a second national lockdown next week.
Jokesters went on Twitter to share funny memes about bursting through stacks of toilet paper and filling their shopping carts with alcohol.
It comes after a cabinet source told the Mail that the dramatic move will be announced next week to bring the whole country back to stricter coronavirus restrictions.
While most supermarkets have yet to report an increase in sales, queues had formed outside of Costco in Manchester this morning.
Toilet paper piled in the shopping carts of some customers as a long line of shoppers snaked through the store.
Joksters went on Twitter to share funny memes about bursting through stacks of toilet paper and filling their shopping carts with alcohol
Lidl has warned that action must be taken to stop bulk shopping if shoppers try to take on more than their fair share.
A spokesperson said, “We hope that all customers will look out for others when shopping with us to ensure everyone continues to have access to the products they need.
"Nonetheless, when customers begin bulk shopping, it is at the discretion of our managers to restrict purchases of certain items in this store."
And Tesco urged buyers to carry on normally in the face of the threat of a second national lockdown.
A spokesperson said, "We have good availability in stores and online, with lots of inventory, and we would encourage our customers to shop as usual."
This morning Twitter was inundated with panic shopping memes as people prepared for a few intense days.
While most supermarkets have yet to report an increase in sales, queues had formed outside of Costco in Manchester this morning
Lidl has warned that action must be taken to stop bulk shopping if shoppers try to take on more than their fair share. Pictured this morning buyers at Costco in Manchester
A woman piled toilet rolls in her car before driving home from Costco in Manchester today
Next to a picture of an Asda shop front one wrote: “My morning in three acts. Act 1: Wake up and see #UKLockdown coming. Act 2: 8:05 am I'm not going to be one of those idiots to panic buying. Act 3 9 a.m. & # 39;
Another said, "People panic if they buy toilet paper while I'm in the beer aisle filling my car # lockdown2."
One tweeted: "Panic when buying juice bombs like 2020 #craftbeer."
Another added: "People will no doubt panic if they buy Baileys and peat buns this weekend."
Brian Roe said, “Get ready for the big Moor Roll Rush Pt2, which starts at a local supermarket today. Also with pasta, hand disinfectant and canned tomatoes. Get there early to avoid massive lines of stupid people. & # 39;
The lines at Costco in Manchester snaked around the building and into the parking lot
This morning Twitter was inundated with panic shopping memes as people prepared for a few intense days
Scientists from the Sage Committee yesterday presented # 10 dismal numbers that show Covid is spreading "significantly" faster than even their original "worst-case scenario" forecast.
Helen Dickinson, executive director of the British Retail Consortium, responded to reports of a national lockdown to be announced for England next week:
“There is no circumstance under which retail stores would have to close in a second national lockdown.
"In April and May" non-essential "businesses lost £ 1.6 billion a week in lost sales, and now that we enter the holiday shopping season, those losses are sure to be much greater.
Boris Johnson is slated to announce a national lockdown next week after his science advisors told him it was the only way to save Christmas
"The government should carefully consider any decision to close the" non-essential "retail outlet.
"It will do immeasurable damage to main roads just before Christmas, cost countless jobs and hold back economic recovery permanently, with minimal impact on virus transmission."
Last night, a cabinet source told the Mail that the dramatic move would be announced next week.
It was not clear what the new lock would look like, what should be closed, or how long it would last.
The government is now facing a critical weekend to determine the shape of the measures ahead of an announcement.
Social media users joked they were preparing to hunt for toilet paper in the days leading up to the second lockdown
The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are said to have tormented themselves over the decision because they fear it would leave the economy in ruins.
But the scientists – backed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Senior Secretary Michael Gove – told them that the virus was on track this winter to kill 85,000 people and that it was too late for something called an "interruption".
They called for a longer national lockdown – similar to the month-long lockdown in France – and said it was the only way to prevent hospitals from running out of beds.
In a clear signal of the government's deep division on the issue, a cabinet source said those who opposed a lockdown were "not ready to surrender".
Desperate British people rushed to stock up on "emergency wine" and book haircuts. It has been announced that Boris Johnson will announce a second national lockdown next week
Details of the lockdown series came after the mail announced how the Prime Minister was warned by scientists – led by Professor Chris Whitty and scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance – that all hospitals in England would be full by December 17th, provided that he is not taking any more action.
A Sainsbury spokesman said: “We don't currently restrict products. Customers can continue to shop safely and with confidence in our stores, where they can see that we have good availability.
& # 39; We continue to prioritize the elderly and the vulnerable for home delivery. We have more than doubled the number of slots we can offer for home delivery and Click & Collect and can now process over 700,000 orders per week. This means that there is good availability for everyone. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the public is strongly against bans on buying non-essential items in supermarkets during the lockdown, according to a survey.
Buyers were outraged after items such as clothing, electrical appliances and toys were classified as "not essential" by the Welsh government.
Now a poll has shown that the Welsh public is opposed to the move that was taken when the country was thrown into a "fire break" lockdown last week.
The Survation poll found that 59 percent disapproved of the shopping restrictions – despite supporting the purpose of the two-week fire lockout.
A substantial 67 percent of those over 55 stated that they "strongly" or "somewhat" reject the ban on insignificant items.
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