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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Following days of panic buying in French supermarkets, owners have enforced strict rules on shoppers as the country comes to terms with the new coronavirus lock down.
The scenes of French customers queuing to enter local supermarkets since a national lock down came into force on has been in stark contrast to the days prior when fights broke out over toilet paper and shelves were stripped bare.
Le Figaro reported in the streets of Paris, shop owners had put signs in their windows telling customers to enter one by one. The result in front of a local Carrefour supermarket in the French capital was a long line running down the street.
Others had enforced more stringent measures, barricading their doors and serving customers outside.
“They will be cold, but it is better than nothing, it is for our own protection and theirs at the same time," the owner of a grocery store in Paris’ 18th arrondissement told the French daily.
Across Europe, retailers have warned they are struggling to keep up with demand as shoppers panic buy amid fears of shortages in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities and supermarket owners have said repeatedly that as long as normal shopping continues supplies will last but the advice has not been widely heeded.
In the UK, retailers have warned supermarkets could face riots and civil disobedience in a matter of weeks if trends continue, according to the Daily Telegraph.
As a result, the government has been asked to think about drafting in the police or the military enforce law and order around shops.
The British supermarket group Morrisons cautioned on Wednesday it was facing "unprecedented challenges and uncertainty" dealing with the novel coronavirus, known as Covid-19.
The grocer, which it is limiting purchases across 1,250 lines, said that during the last two weeks, there has been considerable stocking up and sales pull-forward as customers plan for the impact of the outbreak.
The British retailer Sainsbury's revealed it would only allow customers to buy a maximum of three of any single item.
The UK’s Asda supermarkets also announced a restriction on shoppers to three items on all food. The outlet’s cafes and pizza counters have been closed, with a temporary reduction of the shop’s opening hours for all its 24-hour branches.
In Germany, shoppers have been asked to stock up with “prudence”, while in Italy, the country worst hit by the coronavirus outside China, authorities have urged shoppers to buy locally as the country’s food exports continue to be hit by the health crisis.
Updated: March 18, 2020 08:18 PM
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