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Insane toilet roll rush with panic buyers joining Costco queues early in the morning as lockdown looms


Long queues formed at Costco today as shoppers ran to supermarkets to fill their carts with toilet paper as tighter coronavirus restrictions are expected to be announced.

The shelves are also emptied of pasta, rice, and canned goods as people prepare to settle at home.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce tightened restrictions in a speech today.

According to reports, this could include imposing a 10 p.m. cuff for the hospitality sector and encouraging people to return to work from home.

Long lines formed this morning at Costco in Chingford, north London, amid fears the nation is facing a second lockdown

Panicked shoppers empty the shelves with toilet paper because there are fears that a second coronavirus lockdown could be announced (Image: Buyer at Costco in Manchester).

Panicked buyers empty the shelves with toilet paper because there are fears that a second lockdown of the coronavirus could be announced (Image: Buyer at Costco in Manchester).

These Manchester customers left Costco with a pile of loo rolls as it turned out that stocks of other essential items such as pasta, flour and canned food were also selling quickly

These Manchester customers left Costco with stacks of toilet rolls when it was discovered that supplies of other essentials such as pasta, flour and canned food were also selling quickly

The frenzied buying is reminiscent of the empty shelves in March when shoppers stocked up on essentials ahead of the first nationwide lockdown

The frenzied buying is reminiscent of the empty shelves in March when shoppers stocked up on essentials ahead of the first nationwide lockdown

When customers flooded social media with pictures of empty aisles, one shopper declared, "It's happening again."

When customers flooded social media with pictures of empty aisles, one shopper declared, "It's happening again."

His announcement comes after Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said yesterday that the UK could suffer 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and more than 200 deaths a day by November unless the UK changes course.

Amid growing concerns that a second lockdown is imminent, shoppers have emptied the supermarket shelves with essential items.

Toilet paper, frozen foods and durable items were swept off the shelves in some stores in scenes known through March before the lockdown was announced.

When customers flooded social media with pictures of empty aisles, one shopper declared, "It's happening again."

However, buyers have been urged to stop panic buying and retailers insisted that it is not necessary.

Additional security was in place to monitor the growing queues while shoppers waited to get to Chingford Costco in north London to collect essential items

Additional security was in place to monitor the growing queues while shoppers waited to get to Chingford Costco in north London to collect essential items

People could be seen wearing masks when lining up outside Chingford Costco in London

People could be seen wearing masks when lining up outside Chingford Costco in London

The queues come after scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said yesterday that the UK could suffer 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and more than 200 deaths a day by November unless the UK changes course (picture Costco Chingford).

The queues come after Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, said yesterday that the UK could have 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and more than 200 deaths a day by November unless the UK changes course (picture Costco Chingford).

The queues stretched to the parking lot at this Costco branch in north London

The queues stretched to the parking lot at this Costco branch in north London

Buyers walked with stacked trollies, one person at Costco Chingford walked with several packs of bottled water

Shoppers walked with stacked trollies, one person at Costco Chingford walked with several packs of bottled water

Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said yesterday: "We urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as usual."

He downplayed the existence of panic buying and recognized the "excellent work" retailers did in providing food during the pandemic.

He reassured the public, adding, "Supply chains are stronger than ever and we do not expect any issues with the availability of food or other goods in a future lockdown."

But supermarkets are increasing security at their doors and have doubled the number of delivery places.

Bulky and panic buying begins at Costco, Trafford Park, Manchester

Bulky and panic buying begins at Costco, Trafford Park, Manchester

There are concerns that a second wave of panic buying has already begun, with stocks running low on essential items like toilet paper. (Image: Tesco in Portsmouth)

There are concerns that a second wave of panic buying has already begun, with stocks running low on essential items like toilet paper. (Image: Tesco in Portsmouth)

There are concerns that shoppers are sharing photos of supermarkets with bare shelves (above ASDA in London).

Shoppers have used social media to share photos of supermarkets with bare shelves (above ASDA in London).

A woman was seen picking up 80 rolls of toilet paper today at a Tesco in Kennington, south London

A woman was seen picking up 80 rolls of toilet paper today at a Tesco in Kennington, south London

Tesco increased its online ordering capacity to around 1.5 million, but the shelves in its stores have emptied quickly today

Tesco increased its online ordering capacity to around 1.5 million, but the shelves in its stores have emptied quickly today

Queues formed in some supermarkets when shoppers came across empty shelves (Image: Asda on Old Kent Road, South London).

Queues formed in some supermarkets when shoppers came across empty shelves (Image: Asda on Old Kent Road, South London).

Supermarket workers and shoppers are already noticing the shelves are emptying like in Asda, south London, but retailers are downplaying fears of a surge in bulk shopping

Supermarket workers and shoppers are starting to notice shelves are emptying like in Asda, south London, but retailers are downplaying fears of a surge in bulk shopping

The largest UK chains have given assurances that they have enough storage and delivery space (picture: empty shelves in Asda, south London)

The largest UK chains have given assurances that they have enough storage and delivery space (picture: empty shelves in Asda, south London)

A Tesco store in Surrey Quays, London was running out of toilet paper when social media users panicked and one user wrote, "It's happening again".

A Tesco store in Surrey Quays, London was running low on toilet paper when social media users panicked and one user wrote, "It's happening again".

The tills were busy as people emptied their packed baskets and trollies, warning of panic buying at the weekend

The tills were busy as people emptied their packed baskets and trollies, warning of panic buying at the weekend

A supermarket worker in Birmingham told The Mirror, “Some people are definitely panicking again. We have 4,000 more items than usual this weekend.

“When the panic buying started months ago, we hadn't seen it before. We are now prepared. & # 39;

Another tweeted today, “I just finished my shift at work and saw so many customers panic again. Please don't – there is no need for it! "

It comes as Morrisons announced that it will reinstate marshals on its doors to limit the number of shoppers in and out while reminding them to wear face masks.

Buyers and workers are seeing signs of panic buying returning to parts of the UK

Buyers and workers are seeing signs of panic buying returning to parts of the UK

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Affected shoppers took to Twitter over the weekend to share photos of their local supermarkets showing shelves with essential items completely emptied.

A Twitter user shared photos of an ASDA in London where grain appeared to be scarce. Customers have fewer brands to choose from.

Another buyer posted pictures of a Tesco in the West Midlands where kitchen and toilet paper were in short supply – but had not yet been completely cleared.

One person shared pictures on Twitter and wrote, & # 39; This was my local Tesco! People are buying in a panic again! Even if supermarkets remain open. & # 39;

One ASDA buyer said, "This is our ASDA, it is insane and as you say, despite staying open."

Supermarket shelves, including the Tesco Extra store in Bolton, are empty today

Supermarket shelves, including the Tesco Extra store in Bolton, are empty today

Canned goods and other items were gradually disappearing from the shelves of the Bolton store

Canned goods and other items were gradually disappearing from the shelves of the Bolton store

Buyers also bought bags of pasta, amid warnings of panic buying in recent days

Buyers also bought bags of pasta, amid warnings of panic buying in recent days

Items begin to disappear from the shelves

  • pasta
  • Canned tomatoes / tomato sauces
  • Toilet paper
  • Flour
  • Other canned food

And another person predicted it would happen again.

Tesco's weekly order capacity has increased from 600,000 to 1.5 million – but remains fully booked until Wednesday.

Asda has increased its online delivery times by 65 percent – from 450,000 to 700,000.

There is a three-day wait for Ocado while Sainsbury & # 39; s is in high demand.

Sainsbury's found that the number of searches for Christmas pudding was four times higher than at that time last year.

The online supermarkets have added notices to their "choose a slot" page to alert customers that the sites are in high demand.

Ocado read: “Delivery times sell out faster than usual. If you cannot find a slot now, please use the "Next 3 Days" button to continue to view the available slots in advance.

A note on the Sainsbury's delivery slots page states: “Slots are still in high demand. We have worked hard to expand our service. There are more slots available now, some of which we can offer to other customers.

& # 39; Customers who are vulnerable are given priority access and can book slots before anyone else. We regularly release new slots. Please try again if you can't see any available. & # 39;

On Saturday, Tesco was fully booked through Wednesday, with available slots priced at £ 5.50 – and there were no places available at Asda by Monday.

Morrisons has hired the marshals to monitor customer numbers and remind them to wear masks while Tesco increased its online ordering capacity

Morrisons has hired the marshals to monitor customer numbers and remind them to wear masks while Tesco increased its online ordering capacity

Buyers have shared on Twitter their concern over fears of a second wave of coronavirus fueling the return of panic buying seen at the start of the crisis in March

Buyers shared on Twitter their concern over fears of a second wave of coronavirus fueling the return of panic buying seen at the start of the crisis in March

Delivery times for supermarkets, including Ocado and Sainsbury's, are also selling out "faster than normal" as shoppers fear a second wave of panic buying has already begun

Delivery times for supermarkets, including Ocado and Sainsbury's, are also selling out "faster than normal" as shoppers fear a second wave of panic buying has already begun

Toilet and kitchen rolls appeared to be shorter than normal at a Tesco in the West Midlands, and a shopper shared pictures of the bare shelves on Twitter (above).

Toilet and kitchen rolls appeared to be shorter than normal at a Tesco in the West Midlands, and a shopper shared pictures of the bare shelves on Twitter (above).

Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said:

“Retailers have done an excellent job ensuring that customers have access to food and necessities during this pandemic.

& # 39; Since March, retail companies have strengthened their supply chains and invested hundreds of millions to keep business safe for customers. These include plexiglass umbrellas, social distancing measures, and additional hygiene measures. As a result, retail will remain a safe place for consumers even with future lockdowns.

& # 39; Supply chains are stronger than ever and we don't expect any issues with the availability of food or other goods in a future lockdown. Nevertheless, we urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as usual. & # 39;

Affected shoppers shared pictures of panic buying in stores in London and other parts of the country

Affected shoppers shared pictures of panic buying in stores in London and other parts of the country

The graph above shows the breakdown of British supermarket spending when panic buying started in March

The graph above shows the breakdown of British supermarket spending when panic buying started in March

The Prime Minister is now threatening to "tighten" coronavirus restrictions as he blames the UK public for the rise in cases – despite repeated requests for people to go back to their desks and eat in pubs and restaurants to try the UK Revive economy.

Government scientists scared Boris Johnson with warnings of hundreds of daily coronavirus deaths "within weeks" when they said, "There is no alternative to a second national lockdown."

Mr Johnson is attempting to abandon his rule of six and introduce "breakers" across the country for fourteen days for six months after claims it is "inevitable" that a second wave will hit the country.

The new approach to getting the UK through the winter would lead to tougher measures, including bans on all social contact between households and closing hospitality and leisure facilities such as bars and restaurants with intervals of relaxation. Schools are being closed as a "last resort," a Whitehall source claimed.

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