Supermarkets fear a delivery slot shortage after demands spiked following a warning from the Prime Minister of intensified coronavirus restrictions and speculations of a second lockdown.
Major grocers including Tesco, Ocado and Sainsbury’s, have passed notices to their customers after signs emerged that the public could be stockpiling home delivery slots.
The notices emerged after Boris Johnson announced the UK is in the grip of a second wave, prompting speculations of a second lockdown.
Ocado posted a warning on its book a slot page, which read: “Delivery slots are selling out faster than usual, please use “the next three days button” to see available slots further in advance.”
Another notice on Sainsbury’s delivery slots page read: "Slots are still in high demand. We have been working hard to expand our service. More slots are now available and we are able to offer some of them to other customers.
"Customers who are vulnerable will get priority access and are able to book slots in advance of anyone else. We’re releasing new slots regularly so please check back if you can’t see any available."
Tesco has also posted a notice on their website, stating: “We are releasing slots as and when they become available, but they are filling up quickly. We all those who are able to safely come to stores to do so, instead of shopping online, to help us prioritise slots for more vulnerable customers.”
The delivery slot shortages have emerged as government advisers discuss plans to implement stricter measures across the country.
Latest figures show the number of cases are doubling on a weekly basis, after rules were relaxed in recent months.
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Ministers are considering introducing a two-week circuit break, a short, sharp period of tightened restrictions for everyone to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick, told the BBC: “The evidence in hospitalisation are increasing, it is a worry and the concern is what happens if we don’t do something.
“To be perfectly frank, none of us want this, but we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.
“However, with a manned short-term lockdown you buy yourself some time."
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