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Sainsbury’s boss urges public not to panic buy as families and couples banned

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Sainsbury’s has pleaded with stockpilers not to panic buy as it banned families from shopping ahead of the second lockdown in England.

The supermarket chain insisted there was enough to go around as it asked families and couples not to go shopping together during November.

Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and Lidl have all instated in their own measures to keep people safe and to ensure they don't run out of essential items.

Now the CEO of Sainsbury’s, Simon Roberts, has asked adults to shop alone in a bid to reduce the number of customers in a store at any one time.

That means couples will have to shop apart, and families should only enter stores together if they are not able to stay at home.

Roberts also urged customers not to panic-buy following reports that supermarket shelves were being left empty by stockpilers.

He said: "Where possible, we ask that you only send one adult per household when you shop with us. This will help us manage the number of people in our stores and make your shop quicker and smoother.

"As we keep working hard to feed the nation, we are focused on getting as much food and other essential items as possible onto shelves.

"We have a good supply of stock so please also continue to buy what you need for yourself and your family and there will be enough for everyone."

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From Thursday the supermarket will also be operating priority shopping vulnerable customers and NHS staff, including a queue jump.

England will be plunged into a second lockdown from Thursday with all-but-essential shops told to close and businesses forced to work from home.

Shoppers have been left fuming as supermarkets across England were ransacked by panic-buyers.

Shelves were left empty with commentary on social media suggesting "selfish" customers were stocking up on essentials.

Supermarkets have been urging people not to stockpile items, but customers appear to be taking no notice and are buying large amounts of non-essential items and cupboard goods, just like the situation in March before the first national lockdown.

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