Several supermarkets have loosened purchasing restrictions designed to prevent stockpiling during the coronavirus outbreak, as Tesco announced it could handle an extra 120,000 online orders per week. Aldi, Morrisons and Waitrose relaxed their policies on Tuesday, while Lidl removed quantity controls on all groceries except toilet paper. In a letter to its customers, the Lidl chief executive, Christian Härtnagel, said the decision had been taken as Britons made fewer shopping trips as a result of the lockdown. “We have seen a decline in footfall so we can see that you, our customers, are following the government advice to go out food shopping as infrequently as possible,” Härtnagel said. “At the same time, our supply chain is still processing very high volumes which means that product availability in store is improving on a daily basis.” Aldi has also scrapped a store-wide policy that limited shoppers to buying four of anything. Controls remain in place for a number of key lines including antibacterial hand sanitiser, toilet tissue and long-life milk. “While we would still encourage people to buy only what they need, product availability in store is good and the move will make it easier for people to shop for vulnerable people… Read full this story
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