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H-E-B is limiting how many germ prevention products customers can buy

The limit may be in response to growing concern over the global spread of coronavirus.

AUSTIN, Texas — If you're looking to stock up on hand sanitizer, you'll be stopped at four bottles at H-E-B.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Texas-based retailer has a notice at the top of its website that reads, "To be fair to all customers, we are placing a limit of four on many hand sanitizers, wipes and similar items."

This limit may be in response to growing concern over the global spread of coronavirus. Back in early February, KVUE reported that Austin stores were selling out of masks due to concern about the virus – but the Austin-Travis County Infection Preventionist said a mask won't make a difference for people who are not sick. He also said it's best to use good hygiene and to be aware of how close you are to others. 

KVUE has reached out to H-E-B about the imposed limit. H-E-B provided KVUE with the following statement: 

"H-E-B is committed to having products available to customers who need them. Occasionally we will limit product purchases to make sure our customers can find the items they need."


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