Coronavirus forces Tesco to restrict customers to three items per product

Tesco will restrict all customers to a maximum of three items per product from Thursday, as it copes with the high demand from the coronavirus pandemic.

The store announced earlier this week that it is reducing its hours at all 24-hour stores and will now open between 6am and 10pm in a bid to combat coronavirus demand.

The change will be made across all of its Extra, superstores and large Metros, although a select few with pharmacies will stay open past 10pm.

Tesco stores around country have reportedly been running out of beer amid the coronavirus outbreak as thousands of people flock to shops to stock up.

In a letter to staff, chief executive Dave Lewis wrote that all counter services will be closed to focus on stocking shelves from Thursday.

Lewis said the chain will encourage healthy shoppers to come to stores and free up online capacity, and make 9am to 10am an hour prioritised to vulnerable and elderly customers.

He added: "It is fair to say that we find ourselves in uncharted waters. Covid-19 is bringing a change to the UK and it's clear that lots of things are going to have to shift around in order to help us cope."

Sainsbury’s announced earlier on Wednesday that it has intensified its coronavirus rationing in a bid to thwart panic buying.

As of this morning, customers will only be able to buy a maximum of three grocery products, and two of the more popular products including toilet paper, soap and milk.

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