Coronavirus: Latest trolley limits for Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury’s shoppers

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Shoppers are still facing strict limits on the most popular items at Britain’s major supermarkets as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Panic buyers were stripping shelves of everything from toilet roll to pasta even before the lockdown began in March.

Some products, such as flour, yeast and eggs, are still hard to come by at many stores.

But there are generally good levels of stock now and as a result the big supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, have removed some of their restrictions for non-essential items.

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Shoppers at a Tesco store in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, days after the lockdown began in March

Here are the latest trolley limits for UK supermarkets, MyLondon reports.


Three-item limits still apply to pasta, rice, eggs, home baking products, toilet rolls and paper goods, and hand sanitiser and other personal and household cleaning products.

Online orders are limited to 80 items.


Limits remain in place for the most popular items which include UHT milk, pasta and tinned tomatoes.

This applies in store and for online orders.


Asda said it is “occasionally” placing purchase limits on certain products that are in high demand.

When in store, ask a member of staff for the latest restrictions, if any.


Aldi has lifted its purchasing restrictions in store.

There is a limit of 12 units per online order of wines or spirits and the full grocery range is not available to purchase online.


Lidl has also removed its purchasing limits.

But it is at the store manager’s discretion.

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In-store restrictions have been lifted.

For online orders, there is a maximum of five of any item.


Co-op is still limiting some in-store items to two per person and telling shoppers to “only buy what you need”.

All delivery orders are temporarily restricted to 20 items per shop.


There are maximum purchase limits on some items in store including some household, health, hygiene and baby products.

Iceland has limits of two for most items online, with some limited to one per customer depending on availability.

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A two-item limit applies to certain grocery and home products.

Eggs are among them.


Limits remain in place on the most popular items including pasta, rice, long-life milk, toilet rolls, antibacterial and cleaning products and some frozen foods.

This is for in store and online shopping.

Food banks ‘cut off at the knees’

Meanwhile, shoppers stockpiling supermarket produce left food banks “cut off at the knees” with a dramatic fall in their supply, MPs were told on Friday.

But Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, a charity aimed at relieving food poverty, told the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee the amount of produce food banks received “immediately surged” following the closure of pubs and restaurants.

Asked by Angus MP Dave Doogan about the fall in availability of surplus food and the disruption to produce supply, Mr Boswell said: “Initially with the dramatic increase consumer demand and clearing of shelves and stocking that went on, our supply chain was cut off at the knees.

“The supermarkets, although they reacted incredibly quickly, had to divert all their attention and focus into just trying to find whatever supply they could.

“We have about 7,500 charities that collect food from the back of supermarket stores on a daily basis, as well as the other 5,500 that are supplied through a wholesale model and we saw a dramatic drop.”

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