Coronavirus: Sainsbury’s and Asda changes rules for Sheffield shoppers by limiting food

Asda has become the latest supermarket to restrict the number of items customers can buy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 12:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 12:05 pm

The supermarket will limit all customers to three items on all food, toiletries and cleaning products amid a surge in demand following the Covid-19 outbreak.

It will also close its cafes and pizza counters to free space and staff to help keep shelves fully stocked.

The retailer has also temporarily reduced the opening hours of all its 24-hour stores. They will be closed between 12am and 6am each day for re-stocking.

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Empty fresh meat shelves at Asda in Handsworth.

Sainsbury's revealed it will only allow customers to buy a maximum of three of any single item, while Morrisons said it is limiting purchases across 1,250 lines.

Supermarkets have faced rocketing demand for online grocery deliveries as many Britons have been forced into self-isolation and are shunning shops due to social distancing advice from the Government.

Aldi has introduced limits of four items per shopper across all products.