Food shortages strike London

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Or at least it would be if we weren’t in Tier 4, and shoppers weren’t stockpiling in the build-up to Christmas.

The panic buyers appear to be back, perhaps this time with a number of concerns. Rising Covid cases and a new strain of the virus plunged London into Tier 4 on Saturday (December 19) leading to multiple countries temporarily cutting off the nation.

France has closed its border to UK hauliers, sparking fears of food shortages amongst supermarkets and shoppers alike.

Sainsbury’s announced that items including lettuce, some salad leaves, cauliflower, broccoli, and citrus fruit could be in short supply for shoppers.

Keen to stop Christmas from getting anymore cancelled, Londoners have been flocking to their local supermarkets to grab essential items for their festive spread.

But this has left other shoppers with minimal supplies to choose from.

Other Londoners reported huge queues at supermarkets, which have caused chaos in the final days before Christmas.

Hundreds of people were spotted queuing outside Asda at Clapham Junction, while similar scenes were seen outside Tesco, Marks and Spencer, and Sainsbury’s stores in the capital.

One shopper, who took a trip to Asda in Roehampton, said it was “mayhem”.

But some have been quick to defend supermarkets in the capital.

One shopper, who headed to Marks and Spencer in Kew on Monday morning (December 21) said while the queue was long, it was very well stocked.

Another South London M&S shopper said there were no queues to get in or pay in the evening, and the only thing missing was broccoli. France’s Europe minister Clément Beaune said border plans will be agreed by Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron and will come into effect from Wednesday (December 23).


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