People urged to shop responsibly as supermarkets experience long queues

People urged to shop responsibly as supermarkets experience long queues

People are being urged to shop responsibly and not to bulk or panic buy food.

Supermarkets around the country have experienced long queues today as people look to stock up on foot of the latest government restrictions.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is reminding people supplies are good and there is no need to panic buy.

Arnold Dillion from Retail Ireland, says supply chains will continue to work well if people do not buy in bulk.

"The supply chains for supermarkets are operating as normal and if everyone shops responsibly and just buys what they need then there is plenty for everyone."

Mr Dillon said that supermarkets are working hard to react to people's buying habits.

"The last number of days have seen a significant change in people's buying patterns in shops because people are no longer going to restaurants and eating in work.

"This has changed the amount people are buying and what people are buying but supermarkets are working with their suppliers to anticipate these changes and make sure the shelves are fully stocked."

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
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  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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