Coronavirus: Hundreds queue at Gallow’s Corner Tesco as social distancing is ignored

PUBLISHED: 16:59 23 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:39 24 March 2020

Gallow's Corner Tesco Extra had queues stretching back 200m on Mother's Day morning, March 22. Picture: Google Maps

Gallow's Corner Tesco Extra had queues stretching back 200m on Mother's Day morning, March 22. Picture: Google Maps

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Two weeks later, mass panic buying continues as the possibility of lockdown becomes ever more likely.

Residents report queues of 200 metres and beyond at Gallow’s Corner Tesco Extra on Mother’s Day morning, Sunday March 22.

The government advice is to “avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces” and to keep a distance of two metres between others, in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Supermarkets insist that buying large amounts of groceries is unnecessary, as supplies are not low and not going to dwindle.

By being around lots of people in large queues, you’re putting yourself more at risk of catching the disease and also stopping those who are most vulnerable from getting their essentials.

A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We have seen a surge in demand in recent days and while there have been empty shelves and shortages of some products as a result, we have daily deliveries to replenish our stores and are working around the clock to restock our shelves.

“We would ask our customers to buy only what they need so that there is enough for everyone.”

The store has increased the daily flow of food to stores to record levels and are sending up to double the normal amounts of milk, bread, rice and pasta. It has removed some multibuy to help manage stock levels and keep more products on shelves.

Tesco is also working with suppliers to reduce complexity in the supply chain to manage stock and get products to customers as efficiently as possible, with some of the major suppliers delivering directly to stores.

They have also simplified ranges, so different options for milk and toilet roll, to maximise the amount suppliers can produce per day, and maximise the amount they can distribute from suppliers to stores.

Orders have been increased with suppliers further afield, to maintain supply, such as additional milk being taken from dairies in Scotland, Wales and Cornwall.

Havering Council have been approached for comment on the situation.

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