Supermarkets Across Europe Show Us All How It's Done With Shelves Full Of Fresh Food
Some supermarkets in mainland Europe are showing the rest of the world how its done, with residents sharing photographs online of stores full stocked with all the essentials - yes, pasta and bog roll included.
But it doesn't have to be this way, folks!
In a bid to spread a slightly more hopeful message, some people have been sharing photos from their local shops to show that there is some calm to be found in the likes of France, Germany and Spain.
Sure there will no doubt still be many shops that are struggling under the weight of flocking shoppers, but it's good to know that etiquette hasn't completely gone out of the window.
In France on lockdown, screens up at checkout to protect the staff. Need to provide self-cert of where you're going. Shelves, that I expected to be empty, due to what I'd been hearing on social media were actually. pic.twitter.com/WZrRX3HyeH
- Joe Reid (@ReidJoe) March 21, 2020
I am in France. My local supermarket emailed and posted a list of restricted items..per family. Restricted everyone to one trolley. Limited numbers to 100, with NO children..with a guard at the door. The shelves were plentiful..including toilet rolls! No panic buying! https://t.co/e1Rx0CtFdT pic.twitter.com/hh0Ei2Jhgb
- Karen Watson # i am Tommy:flag_gb::x: (@karenwatson53) March 21, 2020
Tweeting a photo showing off the plentiful fruit and veg section of their supermarket, one resident in Berlin wrote: "Just went normal food shopping. No panic. No queues. Fully stocked shelves. Maybe Berlin's history and the experiences of the older inhabitants has influenced the behavior of all? I feel lucky to be living here at the moment. #respect in the face of #COVID19."
Just went normal food shopping. No panic. No queues. Fully stocked shelves. Maybe Berlin's history and the experiences of the older inhabitants has influenced the behavior of all? I feel lucky to be living here at the moment. #respect in the face of #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/W818Fc5RUa
- Dean Marriott (@DeanMarriott6) March 17, 2020
Speaking of the situation in Lyon, France, journalist Rosie Wright tweeted: "I've just been into my main supermarket in Lyon (in lockdown!) shoppers are 1m apart, it's calm, no queues and plenty of food! Seems to be a different picture in the UK who haven't got the restrictions."
Several of the UK's largest supermarket retailers recently came together to ask people not to panic buy, assuring people that there is enough to go around as long as 'we all work together'.
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A joint letter from Asda, Waitrose, Aldi and Tesco read: "We know that many of you are worried about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
"We want to let you know that we are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need.
"But we need your help too. We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.
"We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.
"There is enough for everyone if we all work together.
"Together we can make sure we are looking out for family, friends, neighbours.
"Together we will care for those around us and those who are elderly, vulnerable or choosing to remain at home."
Sainsbury's boss Mike Coupe also assured customers that stock is being replenished regularly and there is no need to stockpile.
He said: "There are gaps on shelves because of increased demand, but we have new stock arriving regularly and we're doing our best to keep shelves stocked.
"Please think before you buy and only buy what you and your family need."
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