Coronavirus: Government to grant supermarkets more flexible delivery times

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Supermarkets will be granted the ability to set more flexible delivery times as the government looks to ensure people have access to products in the event of a wider coronavirus outbreak.

Time restrictions on home deliveries from supermarkets are set to be lifted by the government as it bids to quell people panic buying and ensure people self-isolating with coronavirus remain fed.

The measure was one of a number discussed between retailers, sector body representatives and the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs George Eustice this week.  

Currently, rules are put in place by local authorities that mean deliveries cannot be made during “antisocial hours” to avoid disturbing other residents.

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