Thousands of people across England have been stripping supermarket shelves bare as panic buying resumes, following Boris Johnson’s announcement of the second national lockdown.
Panic buyers were seen stripping shelves bare, with enormous queues snaking around supermarket car parks.
— KT (@kerryt108) November 1, 2020
The second lockdown will take place from this Thursday and will last until at least 2 December, although a senior Cabinet Minister has suggested that is could be extended if the virus is not under control.
Michael Gove the Duchy of Lancaster said on Sunday that England’s second national lockdown could be extended if the virus is not bought under control.
I went to @asda to pick up a squash for an online event I have later. I got here at 10:40, and it was packed. The store opened at 10:30. The queue to the till goes over 2 aisles… wtf?? Didn't people learn already that #panicbuying only leads to food waste? #COVIDIOTS #Lockdown2 pic.twitter.com/xYNNE1Ja5M
— Oana Roua (@OanaRoua) November 1, 2020
Gove said if the R rate is not successfully brought below 1 by the end of the proposed lockdown period, being 2 December, then they will be forced to extend restrictions.
Gove said we will always take the decision that is in the national interest which is based on scientific evidence.
— Punk Sunflower (@PunkSunflower) November 1, 2020
He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, “We are going to review it on December 2 but we are always driven by what the data shows.
“On the basis of what we’ve been told, we believe all the measures we are putting into place will reduce the rate below 1.
Gove was asked directly if England could be facing more than a month of lockdown if the transmission rate is not brought down,
He said “Yes.”
Mark Hall, waste management specialist at BusinessWaste.co.uk said, “The second wave of panic buying that is occurring is utterly disgraceful. During the first wave we saw tons of perishable goods being recklessly stockpiled to only go to landfill in the weeks after.
“There is no shortage of food or toilet paper as we learned from experience and we are only putting the pressure back on supermarket supply chains for no reason. We have to stop and think about the elderly and those who can only access their local shops for their weekly shop and stop panic buying.
“If we continue to send food waste to landfill it will decompose, rot and produce methane, one of the most damaging greenhouse gasses. Food waste is best disposed of through anaerobic digestion and composting to minimise the harmful impact to the environment”