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New Advice On What You Can Buy

The government and police have issued new advice about what you are allowed to buy in the shops and if food is safe. There have been concerns that Coronavirus can be passed on via food, leading some people to take extra precautions when shopping.

The new guidance asserts that “it is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food” because respiratory illnesses are “not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.” This supports information issued by the Food Standards Agency earlier this month, which provided a similar sentiment.

They say that anyone concerned about the potential contamination of coronavirus on their food however has been assured in the new guidance that, even if it was present on food, “cooking thoroughly will kill the virus.” That can be a bit tricky if you have just bought yoghurt or ice cream!

At least you can 2 or 3 of the same product now!

Providing further advice to the public, the document explains: “When you are buying loose foods such as fruit, vegetables, or bread in a bakery, try and only touch what you are going to buy.” It does not seem too worrying, as anything you buy can be taken home and ‘nuked’ in the oven until burnt, just to be safe. Anyone for toast?

the rules have been updated so that they are now completely unclear

In regards, to leaving the home, the only reasons people should go out is to exercise once per day, key work which cannot be done from home and for essential or urgent medical needs for people and pets. And of course, we are allowed to go out for shopping.

Previously, shoppers were only permitted to visit shops to buy ‘essentials’, but now the rules have been relaxed a little. Shoppers are now also permitted to collect basic food items from friends, and can purchase tools and supplies for necessary home repairs. You will not be stopped from buying ‘non essentials’ such as alcohol while out shopping. For some alcohol is still an ‘essential’.

Police say it is reasonable to pop out for DIY supplies if you have an urgent problem at home that needs fixing. But you are not allowed to purchase items so you can do up your kitchen. How this is going to be monitored is a complete guess. If you buy a new kitchen tap, could it be because your current one is leaking or just because you fancy a nice shiny new tap? The DIY stores will just sell you what you plonk in front of the tills. We have not seen any bans on hot tubs for example.

Police say it is reasonable to pop out for DIY supplies if you have an urgent problem at home that needs fixing. But you are not allowed to purchase items so you can do up your kitchen. How this is going to be monitored is a complete guess. If you buy a new kitchen tap, could it be because your current one is leaking or just because you fancy a nice shiny new tap? The DIY stores will just sell you what you plonk in front of the tills. We have still not seen any bans on hot tubs or BBQ’s for example.

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