‘Ban shopping trolleys to combat panic buying at supermarkets during coronavirus pandemic’

A ban on shopping trolleys to stop people panic buying during the coronavirus pandemic has been suggested by one Sussex MP.

Completely cleared out supermarket shelves. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) SUS-200320-114710001
Completely cleared out supermarket shelves. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) SUS-200320-114710001

Supermarket shelves have been stripped bare across the country as customers stockpile essentials.

A number of chains have imposed restrictions on multiple purchases, while others have dedicated the first hour of opening to the elderly and vulnerable.

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Opening hours have also been changed to allow staff to have breaks and restock shelves.

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Lewes MP Maria Caulfield took to Twitter to suggest a more radical measure.

She said: “Can we not ban supermarket trolleys? And go to a basket only policy unless you are over 70/unwell or front line worker?”

She tagged in Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco and went on to thank shop workers for ‘keeping the country going’.

There was a mixed reaction to the idea with some users strongly supporting the suggestion, with others questioning its practicality.

One responder said: “You would also have to allow those with large families living together to use a trolley. Suspect there are valid arguments against any blanket restrictions.”