(MIRROR) – Some of the country’s leading supermarkets have ramped-up rationing to prevent a repeat of the panic-buying which caused chaos at the start of the pandemic.
Pictures of bare shelves have circulated on social media – with images of trolleys packed full of essentials causing outrage.
Tesco has reintroduced purchase limits on items including toilet roll, dried pasta and flour.
Rice and canned vegetables can also now not be mass bought.
While three is the common limit, some branches will even only allow customers to buy one of each to try and maintain stock levels.
One Tesco store in Cambridgeshire will allow one pack of toilet paper per person – a stance backed online.
Rival supermarket Morrisons became the first big grocer to bring back rationing last week, announcing purchasing limits on a raft of cleaning products.
Fears began to grow after the return of bare shelves which gave people an unwelcome reminder of last March when the country was plunged into lockdown.
A picture of a lone pack of loo roll at Asda in Cardiff went viral as customers demanded answers.
A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We are introducing a limit on a small number of key products, such as toilet roll and disinfectant.
“Our stock levels of these products are good but we want to ensure that they are available for everyone.”