Woolworths has reinstated buy limits on a minimum of 50 merchandise in Victoria after Premier Daniel Andrews declared a state of catastrophe, with stage 4 restrictions coming into impact from 6pm on Sunday for metro Melbourne.
Woolworths stated the announcement follows a rise in demand throughout Victorian shops within the final 24 hours.
Premier Andrews introduced 671 new instances and an additional seven deaths on Sunday and urged customers to stay calm after listening to preliminary stories of panic patrons flocking to outlets.
Photos posted to Twitter present lengthy strains of individuals ready to choose up meals and different necessities simply hours earlier than Victoria was declared a state of catastrophe, most with masks.
One shopper stated they have been already seeing meat shortages.
“Lockdown panic is nicely and actually alive,” he wrote alongside a video on Twitter.
Victorian Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton urged individuals to not fear as the brand new restrictions come into place.
“All of the important items and companies will stay accessible to individuals. There is a six-week interval that we’ll have to undergo however the issues individuals require for his or her important daily residing will completely be accessible,” he stated.
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters stated on Sunday the grocery store chain “understands that is an anxious time for Victorian clients.”
“We encourage everybody to proceed purchasing as they often would and solely purchase what they want. Inventory will proceed to movement from our distribution centres and as an important service, Woolworths supermarkets stay open to help clients’ meals and grocery wants,” she stated.
For the subsequent six weeks, individuals residing in metro Melbourne areas will enter stage 4 restrictions, throughout which important purchasing is proscribed to to 1 individual per family per day, and have to be achieved at a location inside 5kms of their residential handle.
Coronavirus: Woolworths product limits
Efficient instantly, all Woolworths customers in Victoria might be restricted to 2 packages of bathroom paper, paper towels, child wipes, tissues and hand wash per individual.
The restriction additionally applies for rice, pasta, flour, sugar, frozen greens, frozen potato, frozen fruit, frozen fish, frozen poultry, lengthy life milk, noodles, cooking oil, pasta sauce, vinegar, canned greens, milk, bacon, eggs, meat and bread.
Moreover, there’s a 1kg restrict on meat from the butcher, and small items and poultry from the deli.
There’s a 2kg restrict on unfastened carrots, onions and potatoes.
A one pack per buyer restrict will stay in place on face masks.
Ms Peters reminded clients to comply with social distancing and hygiene measures after they go to Woolworths shops.
“We ask that our clients proceed to stick to our social distancing and hygiene measures whereas in retailer and proceed to deal with our group and one another with respect whereas purchasing.”
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