The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that it will work with local authorities to extend the hours that deliveries can be made to supermarkets and other food retailers to help the industry respond to the coronavirus.
The announcement follows last week’s call between the Environment Secretary and leading supermarkets, during which the industry said a relaxation of curfews would help retailers respond to the increased consumer demand for some products, namely hygiene products and a limited number of long-life items.
The new measures would mean food retailers can increase the frequency of deliveries to their stores and move stocks more quickly from warehouses across the country to replenish their shelves.
Current rules mean that deliveries are prohibited overnight so that vehicles do not disturb residents. The Government has said that it will temporarily relax the enforcement of restrictions to give greater flexibility for those making and planning deliveries.