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A note on shopping during COVID19. While I’ve heard some fantastic stories of people sharing scarce items with other (especially elderly) shoppers, I’m absolutely disgusted at some of the stockpiling and hoarding that’s going on. There’s no need for it, we have plenty of food and stocks of other goods across the country, but it’s causing huge anxiety to the vulnerable, and putting great strain on stores’ supply chains too.

As the Archbishop of Canterbury said, ‘If you’re still hoarding more food and supplies than you need, please, please stop. Please think of others – especially the most vulnerable, and those risking their health to look after us. Leave enough for everyone. We depend on each other’.

Can we also show #SolidarityWithShopworkers, and heed the advice of their union, USDAW. If you’re going shopping, please:

Treat retail workers with courtesy and respect
Wash your hands first
Only buy what you need
Maintain physical distance
Pay with contactless if you can
Shop alone if possible

These steps will mean a better day at work for our shop staff and help them and their customers to stay safe.

And finally, while many stores are doing their best to support all their customers, I’m hearing too many reports of shops in my constituency using the crisis as an excuse for hiking up prices, sometimes to exorbitant levels. That’s just despicable. We’re all in this together. Stop it now.

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