SUPERMARKETS are waiving the plastic bag charge amid the coronavirus crisis from today.
This afternoon Environment Secretary George Eustice announced the government has decided to pull the charge, as retailers struggle to cope with panic buyers.
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He urged people to “be responsible when you shop” and told them to think of NHS workers as he outlined measures to bolster the food supply chain.
The MP added: “We need people to calm down and buy only what they need and think of others while purchasing.
"We recognise that this is a challenging time and there is many things the government is asking the nation to do differently.
"Be responsible when you shop and think of other, buying more than you need means others may be left without and it is making life more difficult for our frontline workers who are working so hard under such difficult circumstances.
"So as you shop think of those who have just finished long shifts and need to pop to the shops."
Speaking at a Downing St press briefing, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson added supplies were holding up, saying: “There is plenty of food in the supply chain.
"There is a billion pounds more food in people's houses than there was three weeks ago."
And added the industry was experiencing "a peak in demand "like Christmas… without the four-month build-up period".
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