LONDON: Colossal queues formed outside Costco stores today as panic-buyers rushed to bulk-buy essentials like toilet roll and tinned goods on the day tighter coronavirus restrictions were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Supermarket shelves across Britain have been emptied of pasta, rice and flour as desperate Britons prepare to hunker down at home for a second lockdown.
It comes as the Prime Minister made a speech in the House of Commons announcing tightened coronavirus restrictions.
Amid growing concern that a second lockdown is on the way, shoppers have been emptying supermarket shelves of essential items.
Toilet rolls, frozen food and long-life produce was wiped from the shelves in some stores in scenes familiar to March before lockdown was announced.
Wholesale shop Costco was inundated with customers with stores in Leeds, London and Manchester seeing a surge in visitors.
Many stores had to erect barriers to regulate the growing queues, and shoppers were seen leaving with overflowing trollies as they stocked up on supplies.
As customer’s flooded social media with pictures of empty aisles, one shopper declared: ‘It’s happening again.’
Another wrote on Twitter: ‘Masks, toilet paper, pasta, flour, bread and fresh meat. Queues at supermarkets for the above and empty shelves.’
But shoppers have been urged to restrain themselves from panic-buying, with retailers insisting there is not need for it.
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 they normally would.’
Reassuring the public, he added: ‘Supply chains are stronger than ever before and we do not anticipate any issues in the availability of food or other goods under any future lockdown.’