I went to Tesco, in Toton, over the weekend. Tesco have introduced an elderly and vulnerable hour from 9am to 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I am glad that Tesco have introduced this measure to help the elderly and vulnerable in Broxtowe
and across our country. Other supermarkets have also introduced similar measures - see photo.
It is really, really important that we do not panic buy. We need to do our normal weekly shop, if we do our normal weekly shop, we know that the supply chains will hold up. To make sure this is the case, the Environment Secretary, George Eustice, along with over ministers announced that the Government has relaxed competition laws to allow supermarkets to work together to ensure that everyone has access to the food and essential supplies that they need. This means that food retailers will now be able to share staff, distribution depots and delivery vehicles. Relaxing competition laws will help shops and supermarkets to meet the demand more easily, but to reiterate, please buy as you normally would. The Government has also temporarily relaxed rules around drivers’ hours to enable more food to be delivered to stores. So, there is no need to panic buy or to stockpile.