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NI shoppers wearing masks but clear 'stay at home' message still falling on deaf ears

Claire McNeilly

Empty shelves... what empty shelves? There were very few of them in Belfast’s biggest supermarkets yesterday, despite warnings of food shortages caused by the new year double whammy of Covid-19 and Brexit-era teething problems.

The panic buying that epitomised the first Covid-19 lockdown was conspicuous by its absence too yesterday — as were the long queues we’d grown accustomed to seeing last year.

Compliance with face-mask usage was very high, though, as was hand sanitisation — and it needed to be with supermarket ‘wardens’ having a more obvious presence to ensure the rules/guidelines/laws are followed.