Shopping Advice

Masks are now compulsory in all shops and supermarkets. Full a list of exemptions and full guidance, please click here. 

Stockpiling Notice

It is very important that all residents are resisting the urge to stockpile during this time. It is not needed. Over the past few days we have all seen numerous shopping centres with their aisles depleted, and heartbreaking videos of our elderly and vulnerable unable to purchase basic supplies from their local stores. At this time, the residents of Havant should work together for the community and carry on their shopping behaviour as they normally would. 

If you are able to provide assistance to those in self isolation, or the elderly or vulnerable, please fill out this volunteer form.

In a response to stockpiling, supermarkets have imposed restrictions in store which can be found below. 

Excessive pricing and other harmful practices

The Competition and Markets Authority has urged retailers to behave responsibly and will consider any evidence on companies that may have broken competition or consumer protection law.

You can use this reporting form to report any unfair business practices to the CMA. 

Supermarket Advice

Most stores will now be operating as normal. However in some cases, dedicated shopping hours and opening hours can vary from store to store, so it is important to check your local store before you visit.

Food hygiene when shopping

The risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) cross-contamination to food and food packaging is very low. However, when you are buying loose foods such as fruit, vegetables, or bread in a bakery, try and only touch what you are going to buy.

Social distancing when shopping

You should maintain a 2m or 1m with risk mitigation (where 2m is not viable) from other shoppers outside of your household. This is to avoid crowding and to create adequate spacing between other shoppers and staff.

This page was last updated on 3rd August 2020.