Panic buyers raid supermarket shelves again as Boris Johnson warns of tighter lockdown if people don't comply

PANIC buyers raided supermarket shelves again today as Boris Johnson warned he might have to tighten the lockdown rules again.

Pictures show empty supermarket shelves and customers wheeling out trolleys packed full of groceries.

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Shelves and containers were left empty this morning in supermarkets across the UK as shoppers stocked up on goods during lockdown.

The pictures are reminiscent of what happened in March last year when the country was first plunged into lockdown.

In September some supermarkets were raided as local lockdowns were introduced in Wales and the north of England.

Today shoppers were spotted stocking up on supplies from a wholesale store in Cambridge.

Dozens of loaves of bread, cartons of milk and cleaning supplies were picked up by shoppers in a Cash & Carry.

The panic buying comes as the PM warned that he might have to tighten lockdown restrictions again – a week after England's new national lockdown began.

The PM said as he visited a vaccination centre in the South West today: "We are going to keep the rules under constant review. Where we have to tighten them, we will.

“But we have rules in place which, if properly followed, we believe can make a huge, huge difference."

The PM urged everyone to stay at home as much as possible and to consider their actions as it was such a "perilous time" for the nation.

In a bid to stop supermarkets from becoming hotspots for the virus, Morrisons has banned people from entering stores who refuse to wear a mask.

The grocer will stop customers from going inside without a face covering unless they are medically exempt as part of tougher restrictions.

As part of the rules, customers who arrive at Morrisons stores without a face mask will be offered one free of charge by staff.

If they then refuse to wear one, they won’t be allowed to enter stores.

The only exception will be if you’re allowed not to wear a face covering for medical reasons, such as a physical or mental illness.

Morrisons Chief Executive, David Potts said: “Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won’t be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt.

“Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind.”

Morrisons confirmed the stricter rules will come into force from today.

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