Tesco limits toilet paper, pasta purchases

Tesco is encouraging its UK customers to
Tesco is encouraging its UK customers to "shop as normal" amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

British supermarket giant Tesco has reintroduced purchasing limits for popular products such as toilet rolls, pasta and flour to prevent its shelves becoming bare.

Tesco said on Friday that a number of products will be restricted to three items per customer in a repeat of rationing seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes will have purchasing limits in stores, it said.

Tesco has also introduced additional limits for some products online, including rice and canned vegetables.

Rival supermarket Morrisons became the first big grocer to bring back rationing on Thursday, announcing purchasing limits on a raft of cleaning products.

A spokeswoman for Tesco said it still has "good availability with plenty of stock to go round" and encouraged customers to "shop as normal".

"To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products," she added.

Earlier this week, Morrisons and Asda said they would reintroduce marshals to the front of their stores to ensure coronavirus measures are being adhered to.

On Monday, the government announced that it will be compulsory for shop staff to wear face coverings while fines for not wearing them will also increase.

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