08 March 2020 – UK Supermarkets begin rationing some stock to prevent stockpiling

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Manufacturing and Industry
Intervention Categories: Non-governmental interventions; Businesses
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Supermarkets

Overview: Supermarkets being rationing to prevent stockpiling after Public Health England urges the public to “plan ahead” in case they have to self-isolate for a couple of weeks. Purchase limits are set on pasta, anti-bacterial wipes, hand soap, toilet paper, medication, and others. Scientific advisors urge against panic buying.
Full details here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/08/coronavirus-stockpiling-supermarkets-toilet-paper-hand-gel

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Considered a necessary escalation of current measures