Reports coming in this morning that retail parks are busier than normal as people head to the shops to stock up for Christmas.
Whilst that’s nothing new for this time of year, it’s compounded by the recent news reports about a French ban on British hauliers at the ports. There’s no doubt that shops were busy this morning, as our photo of Kingsgate Retail park this morning shows. Things appeared a little quieter in Hamilton and at Glasgow Fort, though it is clear the ‘crazy’ rush of the Christmas food shop has started.
Perhaps some people were unnecessarily panic buying? France closed their borders to UK travellers from 11pm on 20th December as large parts of England went into Tier 4 lockdown in response to the new mutant Covid strain. And that has sparked concerns that vital supplies won’t reach the supermarkets in time for festive dinners. Sainsbury’s themselves warned of possible shortages of vegetables.
However, both UK and French officials have discussed the matter since and insisted inbound freight WILL continue after agreeing a deal to keep the port traffic open. There’s very little danger of vegetables being out of stock.
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s provided an updated statement saying: “All products for the Great British Christmas lunch are already in the country and we have plenty of these. We are also sourcing everything we can from the UK and looking into alternative transport for product sourced from Europe.”
Of course, not everybody has the luxury of being able to do a big Christmas food shop. What can be done to help? Have you noticed carparks filling up? When are you doing your shopping? Have your say.
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