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Some grocery stores resume limiting disinfectant wipes and toilet paper

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Customers wearing masks, purchase tissue papers in a supermarket in Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Widespread panic-buying of essentials such as toilet rolls and rice has hit in Hong Kong, a knock-on effect of the virus outbreak in mainland China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Several chain grocery stores across the US have made the decision to once again begin limiting the purchase of toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and hand soap.

Many of the chains say they have made the decision to limit the purchases in order to keep more of the items in stock as the winter months are expected to bring about more coronavirus cases.

Customers who shop at Kroger will only be allowed to purchase a maximum of two items per visit when it comes to hand soaps, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and toilet tissue.

H-E-B located in Texas says they will begin implementing similar policies in the upcoming weeks and will include antibacterial sprays on their list of items.

Giant told WSVN that they have not seen much evidence of customers stockpiling specific items, however, they have implemented a purchase limit on several items because the supply chain “remains challenged.”

While Raley’s Supermarket located in California, says they have not noticed customers stock piling paper items but that they are prepared to respond if the need to limit purchases arises:

“We will continue to monitor stockpiling behavior closely and possibly reimplement [limits] accordingly in upcoming weeks,” Paul Gianetto, Senior Vice President of Sales and merchandising, said in an email.