English supermarkets will not ban non-essential sales, confirms Government

Lockdown in England is underway and non-essential shopping is banned until December 2.

However, this rule has confused some English shoppers.

Many worry that supermarkets will follow the Welsh model and ban shoppers from buying non-essentials like homeware and makeup in stores.

Luckily, the UK Government has finally clarified if this is to be the case.

When asked in England will ban the sale of all non-essential items in supermarkets, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “No.”

The official No 10 spokesperson added: “You’re familiar with how this operated in March, April and parts of May, and I would expect it to be the same again.”

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So, you can still leave your home to do your weekly shop and pick up non-essentials like toys, books and homeware.

You should remember to maintain social distancing practice while in shops.

Couples and families should also nominate one person to do the supermarket shop instead of going together.

Face coverings and masks are also a requirement in most stores and hand gel and sanitiser stations will be available.

The Government was also asked why takeaway alcohol has to be purchased by phone or online during the lockdown.

The spokesperson said: “My understanding is that particular restriction is in relation to the sale of alcohol which can be sold as part of a delivery service, including click-and-collect.

"The intention of that is to try to prevent people from gathering outside premises in advance in order to order alcohol.”

Supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrison's, Lidl and Aldi will all remain open during lockdown.

You can check their current rules and regulations for shoppers here.

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