Shoppers flout coronavirus lockdown to stock up on balloons and plant pots


HUNDREDS of shoppers spotted defying government orders to stay at home and only shop for essential items at The Range in Bristol and Southampton.

People of all ages were seen coming out of the store with goods ranging from plant pots, a cat play centre, to a mixing bowl and whisk. 

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 Forget food and arm fulls of toilet rolls... it's plants we all need to survive the coronavirus lockdown
Forget food and arm fulls of toilet rolls… it’s plants we all need to survive the coronavirus lockdownCredit: Splash News
 Or maybe buying a bunch of helium balloons justifies leaving your home?
Or maybe buying a bunch of helium balloons justifies leaving your home?Credit: BackGrid

The threat of picking up coronavirus seemed to be a distant thought for the shoppers who can also be seen striding out the store with wallpaper, cushions and mats. 

One had a cat’s play centre — arguably not what the government envisioned as part of its so-called “essential goods”.

The draconian measures were introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus after thousands of British people appeared to be ignoring advice on social distancing.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) said some retailers had been told by police and local authorities to restrict what they sold.

This includes Easter eggs which ACS chief executive James Lowman has dismissed as “complete nonsense”.

 Best buy a cat play centre before the shelves are stripped bare of them!
Best buy a cat play centre before the shelves are stripped bare of them!Credit: Splash News
 This fella snapped up a gaming headset
This fella snapped up a gaming headsetCredit: Splash News
 Essential shopping: This woman bought a new lampshade
Essential shopping: This woman bought a new lampshadeCredit: Splash News
 The man comes away with what appears to be a whisk, a bowl and a small baking tray
The man comes away with what appears to be a whisk, a bowl and a small baking trayCredit: Splash News

As part of its lockdown measures, the Government has ordered pubs, restaurants and nearly all shops to shut.

New regulations mean fines can be dished out for those flouting the rules. 

The weekend before the harsh rules were introduced parks and beauty spots had been packed out.

 

Supermarkets employ BOUNCERS to police coronavirus panic buying shoppers and make sure NHS workers can shop freely





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