Empty shelves
Empty shelves in supermarkets. Image – Canva.
  • Woolies has clamped down, limiting 2 items per customer on essentials
  • Coles has not put limits on purchases, at this stage
  • The Premier has urged people not to panic buy

Shoppers flocked to supermarkets today in Brisbane as a snap 3-day lockdown was called by the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

With four cases of community transmission of the ‘highly infectious’ UK COVID-19 variant, and ten cases in all, the Premier put Greater Brisbane, including Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton into lockdown as of 5pm tonight.

Brisbane last had to do this in January, and already shoppers were seen rushing to stockpile products with lines of people queueing up outside supermarkets.

Woolworths announced limits of two items per customer for ‘essential products’, both in-store and online…

Items per shop
Source: Woolworths

Woolworths General Manager for Queensland, Chris Peters said: “We understand this will be an unsettling time for many Queenslanders, but we want to reassure customers we will remain open as an essential service.

“We have continued access to stock from our suppliers and our team will be hard at work making sure it flows from our distribution centres into our stores over the coming days.

“We encourage Queenslanders to continue shopping as they usually would and to be mindful of others in the community.”

Chris Peters, Woolworths General Manager for Queensland

In line with Queensland Government directives, all customers and team members are expected to wear face masks in Woolworths stores.

“As always, we ask our customers to follow all social distancing and hygiene measures while shopping in our stores. Please treat our team and each other with respect as we work through this together,” said Mr Peters.

Coles has decided not to limit items per customer.

On Twitter, the Premier implored people not to panic-buy..

Schools will be closed from tomorrow.

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