Panic Buying In VIC Has Forced Supermarkets To Ration Toilet Paper Again & We're Better Than This, Guys
Woolies and Coles have both confirmed that its Victorian outlets are reintroducing product limits after panic buying kicked off again in a number of stores.
The panic-buying has presumably been sparked by a spike in coronavirus cases in Victoria over the past few weeks, which experts fear could lead to a second wave in the state. Despite us all knowing far, far better, all this uncertainty is seeing people once again engaging in the incredibly unhelpful and selfish practice of panic-buying – and supermarkets are acting fast to stamp out this behaviour.
From yesterday (Wednesday) arvo, Woolies slapped two per person limits on toilet paper, hand sanitiser, paper towel, flour, sugar, pasta, mince, long life milk, eggs and rice, reports 7News.
The group said the move was a precautionary measure. “We have more than enough product for all of our customers if we all just buy what we need in our weekly shop,” said the group’s managing director, Claire Peters. “We’ll closely monitor demand across Victoria in the coming days and look to wind back the limits as soon as we can.”
Seriously Melbourne? Is toilet paper stockpiling back? This is a Woolworths at Craigieburn Plaza right now (Wednesday morning). pic.twitter.com/Ogbifw89Nk
— Paul Dowsley (@pauldowsley7) June 24, 2020
Soon after Woolies reinstated its limits, Coles followed suit, capping toilet paper and paper towel purchases to one per person. Hand sanitiser, flour, eggs, sugar, rice, pasta, mince and long life milk is capped at Coles to two per person. The limits will be in place at VIC stores and at its Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin stores in NSW, too.
Coles’ chief operating officer Matt Swindells urged Victorians to remain calm. "There is no need for panic buying,” he said this morning on TODAY, via 9News.
“We have all lived through the last six weeks with restrictions off. We bought what we needed when we needed it. Everyone got on fine with life. Let's do this in a collaborative way. Only buy what you need, treat each other with respect and we will be back on track before we know it. Don't let frustration get the better of you."
— InherentYouth (@Joshwahxc) June 24, 2020
According to The Guardian, Victoria recorded 33 new cases overnight, and the govt's official website puts the active case numbers in the state at 125. Yesterday it was reported Victorian Premier Dan Andrews had called in 300 soldiers to patrol COVID-19 hotel quarantine sites and help out in hotspot suburbs.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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