The move aims to ensure that all customers have access to essential goods. Shoppers can purchase up to five kilograms per item of fresh produce, both online and in stores.

For items sold in volumes of ten, such as toilet paper, the purchase limit is one unit per person, the retailer added.

Mark Maczelka, Communications Director of Spar Hungary, said that customers should refrain from hoarding food and added: “Spar, in partnership with its suppliers, continues to do its best to manage increased demand, as we have been doing in recent weeks. However, on a few occasions, it may take longer for certain items in a store to be replaced, so our customers are asked to be understanding.”

The retailer has also altered its opening hours for certain company-owned Spar Supermarkets and Interspar hypermarkets to meet the changing needs of customers following the crisis.