I have been contacted by many local residents in South Yorkshire who are concerned about the availability of essential food supplies during the Coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, there are issues relating to panic-buying and the stockpiling of non-perishable foodstuffs and images of empty supermarket shelves are sadly becoming a familiar sight on social media.
I am, therefore, writing to ask you, if you have not already done so, to consider implementing the following key measures to help ensure that everyone gets the food they need:
- A rationing policy to restrict the maximum number of items that can be bought by each customer.
- A period of time each day restricted to over-70s to enable them to get essential supplies whilst following Government guidelines on social distancing.
- Ensure that disabled customers are able to access essential supplies.
- Expand, or introduce, a home delivery service for customers unable to leave the house due to self-isolation.
Thank you for your consideration of this important matter. I look forward to working closely with you to safeguard our most vulnerable residents.
With my very best wishes,
Dan Jarvis MBE
MP for Barnsley Central
South Yorkshire Mayor