Coronavirus: Tesco limits size of online orders to stop stockpiling

Tesco supermarkets have now introduced an item limit to their online orders Picture: HOLLY HUME

Tesco supermarkets have now introduced an item limit to their online orders Picture: HOLLY HUME - Credit: Archant

Tesco are placing tighter restrictions on their online shopping orders – now limiting the number of items customers can order.

Supermarket shelves across Suffolk have been left bare by people stockpiling in reponse to coronavir

Supermarket shelves across Suffolk have been left bare by people stockpiling in reponse to coronavirus Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The supermarket made the announcement to customers on March 27, informing them that all orders will now be limited to a maximum of 80 items in total, as well as no more than three of any item.

The move is just one of a raft of attempts to curb stockpiling and panic buying by the public.

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Efforts are being made by several big supermarkets to dedicate time for older and vulnerable people to shop, as well as emergency service workers and NHS staff.

Supermarkets across Suffolk and Essex are all limiting purchases to prevent panic buying Picture: PA

Supermarkets across Suffolk and Essex are all limiting purchases to prevent panic buying Picture: PA - Credit: PA

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In a statement in the Tesco website it says: “As of March 27, we will be capping the amount of items per basket to 80, we will continue to have a maximum limit of 3 of each product per order​.


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“If customers amend an existing order after March 27, then their basket will be limited to 80 items.”

Elsewhere, Iceland have asked customers to only order online if they are older, vulnerable or self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

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Morrisons and Ocado have implemented queueing systems on their websites for those hoping to order online, with waits of over four hours seen by some customers.

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