No Need To Stockpile

The island’s shops and haulage firms are again telling residents not to stockpile as there is plenty of food and other vital supplies to go around.

A statement from the companies, which include Robinson’s, Shoprite, EVF and the Steam Packet amongst others says they have ‘extensive plans in place to cover disruptions and to ensure that we can continue to supply our customers with the products they need’.

The Steam Packet said robust plans are in place to cope with any impact on sailings and to ensure freight can be continuously carried.  The company added that supply chains are ‘stable and we are continuing to work with suppliers to keep shelves restocked’.

The retailers added: ‘We also require the support of our customers. We would like to reassure you that there is no disruption to the supply of essential goods as a result of either Covid or Brexit, and shelves are being restocked as quickly as possible. By shopping considerately, we can work together to keep our retail staff and customers safe, and ensure that everyone in the Isle of Man – including the most vulnerable members of our society – can continue to get what they need.’

Key messages from retailers:

  • There is plenty to go around

  • There is no need to stock up

  • Wearing a face covering is not mandatory to enter an essential retail store

  • But face coverings are strongly recommended in such public places

  • Shoprite’s opening hours for senior citizens and the vulnerable are 8-9am on Saturday and Tuesday and Thursday, NHS staff, emergency and care workers hours are 8-9am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Tesco opening times for senior citizens and the vulnerable, starting this Sunday are 10 9-10am and Wednesday, January 13 9am and 10am. NHS and essential workers can also shop at these times provided they have ID.

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