Supermarkets have reassured customers they have adequate stocks and there is no need to panic buy, as many households may now be faced without Christmas dinner supplies following the latest rule changes.
But despite this, pictures show people in Tier 4 areas flocking to the shops on the first day of the new restrictions.
A source for Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, told The Telegraph: “We will not run out of food. There is no reason to panic buy.
There are the same number of shoppers out there as there were before any new announcement and we have enough stock to supply them all, even if more now come into our stores because online delivery slots are full.”