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Can you buy sanitary products in Wales?

Can you buy sanitary products in Wales?

Outrage broke out this morning after a Tesco store in Wales prohibited the sale of women's sanitary products after interpreting the Welsh government's guidelines to mean that they were non-essential.

The supermarket have blocked off aisles in their stores that sell toiletry products, such as toothpaste, shower gel and sanitary products, however, are still selling alcohol.

One Twitter user called out the supermarket for closing off these aisles, despite still selling alcohol, with the Tesco hierarchy who made the decision clearly not understanding the importance of sanitary products. Some have questioned the gender makeup of those involved in the decision if Tesco deemed sanitary products to be non-essential. 


The Welsh Government responded to a tweet by Tesco, where they replied to an enraged customer who was prohibited from buying sanitary pads at a Tesco store in Wales.

"This is wrong - period products are essential.

Supermarkets can still sell items that can be sold in pharmacies.

Only selling essential items during firebreak is to discourage spending more time than necessary in shops. It should not stop you accessing items that you need."

Tesco have since deleted their tweet about sanitary products, however, have yet to make a statement on whether these items will be made available to purchase again.

Clothes, including babies clothes, have also been deemed non-essential, whilst recent days have seen pictures of plastic wrapping covering products in the home section of Tesco and other supermarkets in an attempt to stop Welsh people from buying items not deemed as essential by the government guidance during the Welsh firebreak lockdown.

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