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Empty Shop Shelves, COVID 19, 2020

The panic buying caused by the fear of lockdown will be remembered by many. Shops sold out of toilet roll, pasta, tinned food, soap, hand sanitiser, pain killers and disinfectant and when lockdown came, supplies of many foods were affected, and this continued throughout this period. Key workers and NHS staff who worked long hours struggled to buy groceries at the end of their shifts as nothing was left in the shops. People would queue outside shops before they opened in order to buy their groceries, while many families struggled to put food on the table, relying on the food parcel charities. Online grocery shopping slots were fully booked for weeks, if not months, in advance with websites crashing due to too many people trying to get online at the same time; many would wait until midnight for new delivery slots to open.
Many shops started 'priority shopping' for key workers, NHS staff and the elderly during the lockdown allowing them to shop before everyone else, usually for a couple of hours in the morning, twice a week.
The photos in this collection show the empty shop shelves in stores across Wales prior to and during the 2020 lockdown.

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Empty Shop Shelves, Pwllheli, March 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves prior to Lockdown, March 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tinned Food Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Cereal Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Home Bargains Cross Hands,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Frozen and Fresh Aisles,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Morrisons Cwmbran, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tesco Merthyr Tydfil, March...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Baby Wipes Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Morrisons Llanelli, March 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Bread Aisle, Tesco...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Soap Aisle, Asda Bridgend,...

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Empty Shop Shelves at Tesco, Broughton, Pre...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tinned Food Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Bread Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tinned Food Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Pizza Aisle, Farmfoods...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Meat Aisle, Lidl Carmarthen...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Confectionery Aisle, Lidl...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, Tesco,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Vegetable Aisle, Cardiff, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tinned Food Aisle,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Rolls Replaced with...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, Asda...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Egg Aisle, Sainsbury’s...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Bread Aisle, Tesco Bridgend...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Bread and Tin Aisles,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, Tesco...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tesco Llanelli, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Morrisons Llanelli, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Wine Aisle, Aldi Broughton,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Home Bargains Llandudno, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Milk and Meat Aisle, Aldi...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Bread and Meat Aisle, Aldi...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tesco Culverhouse Cross, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Home Bargains Bangor, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Freezer Aisle, Asda Coryton...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Savers Llanelli, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Fresh Meat Aisle, Asda...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Milk Aisle, Tesco...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Vegetable and Meat Aisle,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Asda Aberdare, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Pasta and Rice Aisle, Tesco...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, Home...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Wine and Vegetable Aisle, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, Asda...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Flour Aisle, Tesco Barry,...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Morrisons Cardiff, 2020

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Empty Shop Shelves, Toilet Roll Aisle, Asda...

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Empty Shop Shelves, Tesco Bridgend, 2020

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Empty Supermarket Shelves, Bridgend

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Empty Supermarket Shelves, Cardiff

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Supermarket staff with hand sanitiser, Tesco,...

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COVID 19 Lockdown: essential supplies

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Empty shelves, Tesco, Bangor, Covid 19 lockdown

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Empty shelves, Tesco supermarket, Bangor

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Empty shelves at Tesco, Bangor

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Empty shelves, Tesco, Bangor

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Empty pasta shelves, Tesco, Bangor

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Empty shelves at Tesco supermarket, Bangor

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Empty washing powder shelves, Tesco, Bangor

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