Tesco apologized after it claimed sanitary products were ‘non-essential’ and therefore not for sale during lockdown



a person standing in front of a building: person wearing a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walks past a Tesco supermarket store in north London on March 31, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. - The novel coronavirus pandemic has so far claimed nearly 38,000 lives worldwide in a health crisis that is rapidly reorganising political power, hammering the global economy and the daily existence of some 3.6 billion people ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images


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person wearing a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walks past a Tesco supermarket store in north London on March 31, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. – The novel coronavirus pandemic has so far claimed nearly 38,000 lives worldwide in a health crisis that is rapidly reorganising political power, hammering the global economy and the daily existence of some 3.6 billion people ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images

  • A Tesco branch refused to sell sanitary products to customers on Monday, with the retailer claiming the items were “non-essential” and therefore off-limits during the country’s strict lockdown.
  • The Welsh government has told retailers selling non-essential items to close, and ordered supermarkets to block off aisles selling non-essential products.
  • The healthcare aisle of one Tesco branch near Cardiff had been cordoned off, and a
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