In the first national coronavirus lockdown, many supermarkets put product purchase limits in place.
This was after a flurry of panic buying left shelves empty across the country.
But as we settled into the new normal, these restrictions weren’t needed, and most supermarkets lifted their restrictions.
Throughout 2020, many of us could carry on shopping as normal.
However, with the third national lockdown coinciding with new Brexit rules, we are starting to see shelves bare once more.
So are purchase limit rules in place again?
We asked the UK’s major supermarkets whether or not product purchase limits were in place again, here’s what they said.
The country’s biggest supermarket is reportedly coping well with current challenges.
Despite this, previously introduced purchase limits remain in place, since their introduction last month.
Customers in Tesco stores can only buy one item of toilet roll per trolley, and three-item limits are in place on select essential items.
These include flour, dried pasta, eggs, rice, baby wipes, and anti-bacterial wipes.
Hand sanitiser dodges these limits, and customers can buy as many as they want.
Those shopping online face all these restrictions, as well as restrictions on sunflower oil, baked beans and canned vegetables.
No further changes are being put in place because of the government’s lockdown announcements, and Tesco says that the current restrictions are in place to help smooth demand.
They say changes in buyer behaviour haven’t impacted their policy.
Unlike their biggest rivals, Sainsbury’s aren’t putting any restrictions in place.
They said that availability of all stock at Sainsbury’s remains good.
In respect of that, they also encouraged shoppers to shop as normal.
Like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons aren’t considering any product purchase limits.
Shoppers at Morrisons can currently buy however much they want from stores and online.
Budget supermarket Aldi has also said that things remain under control across their stores.
Stores are getting deliveries at least once a day, and the availability across their product ranges remains good.
Because of this, no product purchase limits are in place.
At the moment, Lidl has said that stores aren’t experiencing any product stock issues at the moment.
Because of that, no restrictions sit in place, but that could change.
A Lidl spokesperson said: “We currently have good availability of products in our stores, and as such, there are no restrictions.
“Nonetheless, our policy in response to the changing circumstances is it’s at our store managers discretion, should customers start to bulk-buy, to limit the purchasing of specific items at that store.”
So customers are wise not to bulk-buy to prevent further restrictions in the future.