Step away from the Peppa Pig playset! Scented candles, toys and even poor old Henry the hoover… the everyday items shoppers are BANNED from buying under Welsh government’s crazy Covid rules
- Welsh First Minister announced on Thursday that shops could only sell ‘essential goods’ amid new lockdown
- Supermarket and other retailers were forced to block off aisles and make dozens of products unavailable
- Products which are also off-limits include toasted sandwich makers, microwaves and scented candals
Bedding, children’s toys, vacuum cleaners and clothes are among the items which are now off-limits in Welsh supermarkets following the imposition of a 17-day lockdown.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the move on Thursday, with supermarkets ordered to only sell ‘essential goods’.
It comes as Wales was plunged into a draconian ‘firebreak’ lockdown at 6pm Thursday that is expected to wreck the Welsh economy.
There were farcical scenes of shelves of ordinary goods which had been taped off, covered with plastic or blocked with pallets of drinks.
Critics including Madness of Crowds author Douglas Murray branded the move ‘madness’ and said the only person to benefit would be Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, hinting that shoppers would just buy things online instead.
The Welsh Government was also unable to provide clarity over what goods counted as ‘essential’, with one minister instead saying that he hoped retailers would have a ‘grown-up understanding’.
Below, MailOnline highlights some of the products, which also include toasted sandwich makers and microwaves, which are now off-limits to customers.
Vacuum cleaners (pictured) are among the items which supermarkets have deemed ‘non-essential’ after the Welsh Government’s imposition of a 17-day lockdown. Retailers have been ordered to sell only essential goods and so many supermarket aisles were roped off and products covered up
Bedding is also apparently considered a luxury item as duvets and sheets were seen taped off at a Tesco store in Pontypool
Children’s toys, including a mock ride-on lawn mower, were also taped off after being deemed ‘non-essential’ by staff at this Tesco store in Cardiff
Toys which parents cannot buy for their children also include a build-your-own toy digger and a ‘Little People’ ride-on toy car
Clothes, which many parents would put near the top of a priority list for their kids, were also taped off after being deemed non-essential at this Asda store in Cardiff
As well as children’s clothes, adults’ shirts were also seen taped off at the same Cardiff Asda store on Friday
Underwear and women’s shirts, dressing gowns and even bras were off-limits to customers at this Tesco store in Wales
Toasted sandwich makers
Toasted sandwich makers (pictured above in an Asda store in Cardiff) are also now considered a banned item in Welsh shops after the imposition of a 17-day lockdown.
Anyone with a birthday coming up might be disappointed this year because cards have also been deemed non-essential. Pictured: These cards were seen fenced off at a Cardiff Asda store
Microwaves were also considered a luxury item, although there is nothing to stop shoppers looking online to buy kitchen goods
Kettles were also covered with plastic sheeting in an effort to deter customers from putting them in their trolleys
Scented candles are also on the banned list. This picture was taken at a Tesco store in Pontypool on Friday
Cushions and towels
Christmas-themed cushions, as well as towels, are also considered a non-essential item and were seen fenced off at this Tesco store in Cardiff on Friday
Decorative plates were also off-limits at this Tesco store in Cardiff as shop staff sought to direct customers to products considered ‘essential’
Even though Christmas is fast-approaching, wrapping paper is also considered a luxury item and was seen taped up at this Tesco store