Supermarket giant Tesco has released an urgent message to Christmas shoppers, with the festive season less than two months away.
Tesco has asked shoppers not to stockpile items, while only purchasing what they need ahead of the holidays.
Products have already gone on sale so that customers can stock up on what they need well ahead of December 25.
But the supermarket’s boss is asking people not to be greedy – and only to buy what they need, Manchester Evening News has reported.
Tesco chief executive Jason Tarry said: “Our stock levels are good, so there’s no need to buy more of your regular groceries than normal.
“And as the festive season approaches, it’s always busier for our stores, so please consider shopping a little earlier than you usually would, to avoid the peak festive period.”
The supermarket boss also issued guidelines in place for stores ahead of the Christmas period, reports the Mirror.
“We understand that it won’t always be possible, but if you’re able to shop alone then please do. It’ll help make our stores safer and make everyone’s shop a bit quicker,” he said.
He added that Tesco has now installed a ‘traffic light’ system in some larger stores to help manage customer numbers.
“Once in-store, please keep to the social distancing markings. If there’s a queue outside and it’s raining, we’ll be handing out sanitised umbrellas in our larger stores,” Tarry said.
“Please follow the legal guidance on wearing a face covering. If you forget to bring one, you can pick up a pack at the front of the store and pay for it with your shopping later.”