A full list of "essential items" has been released by the Welsh Government as ministers double down on policing shopping trolleys - but tampons are allowed despite concerns.

An exchange involving Tesco on Twitter earlier this week suggesting sanitary products would be banned as part of the guidelines was called incorrect by Health Minister Vaughan Gething.

It later turned out an aisle selling the products had reportedly been cordoned off in a store in Cardiff due to an unrelated police matter.

Following "positive discussions" with retailers, representative groups and trade unions yesterday the list of items allowed during the British country's circuit-breaker lockdown is been compiled.

Non-essential items are being covered or cordoned off

Despite the easing on what was initially planned, ministers say the principle of restricting people from splurging on "non-essential" goods will remain in place until at least November 9.

Supermarkets are allowed to sell 10 product types, including food and drink and any items "ancillary" to the sale of those, including the likes of cling film and foil, and equipment needed to prepare food.

Products for washing clothes, cleaning and maintaining the home are also OK, as are toiletries and cosmetics, which includes sanitary products, and pharmaceuticals and baby products.

A petition has been launched calling the Government to scrap the restrictions

Newspapers, magazines, stationary, greeting cards, pet food and supplies, as well bicycle and car maintenance products are fine.

More than 67,000 people signed a petition calling for the non-essential items ban to be scrapped, while retailers have called for customers to be allowed to "make their own decision".

A Government spokesperson told the Daily Mail - somewhat confusingly - a "sensible system should be introduced" in which people can ask to purchase non-essentials  despite the regulations, allowing for a "workable solution".

Minister for health and social services, Vaughan Gething

"However, we cannot move away from the central principle that retailers must restrict the sale of non-essential goods for the duration of the firebreak," they continued.

The spokesperson added ministers are continuing to work closely with the retail sector, stressing "these restrictions are in place to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives".

The people of Wales are encouraged to also avoid unnecessary journeys as well as shopping.

A joint statement by CBI Wales, the Welsh Retail Consortium and the Association of Convenience Stores, urged the Welsh Government to agree to proposals the three groups had laid out to "resolve the confusion".

"We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs," they said.

"If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer."

This would include non-essential put back on shelves and instead large notices would be erected informing shoppers of the regulations, while removing promotional displays for non-essential items.

While in-store announcements and social media messaging could also be utilised to encourage people against buying certain products.

Prior to the essential list being published, Mr Gething said the Government would make it clear supermarkets could use their own discretion to sell non-essential items to those "in genuine need".