Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced it will be reimposing buying limits on essential items in Victoria, after Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the state will be tightening lockdown restrictions.
Woolworths has reinstated a purchase limit of two items per customer across at least 50 product categories in Victoria.
“We understand this is an anxious time for our Victorian customers, but we encourage everyone to continue shopping as they usually would and only buy what they need,” Claire Peters, Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, said in a statement on Sunday.
Customers queue outside a Melbourne grocery store. Photo: NCA NewsWire/Ian Currie
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“There’s no need for panic-buying”
“Stock will continue to flow from our distribution centres and as an essential service, Woolworths supermarkets remain open to support customers’ food and grocery needs.”
The move follows an increase in demand across Victorian stores in the past 24 hours.
Mr Andrews urged people to resist panic buying.
“I want to make the point there’s no need to be queuing up at the Coles or Woolworths or queuing up at the local baker or butcher, they’ll remain open. They’ll remain to be able to provide you with the things that you need,” he said in a press briefing on Sunday.
Under the new restrictions, Victorians will not be allowed to travel more than 5km away from home for shopping and only one person will be able to go shopping once per day, Mr Andrews said.
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Two packets of baby wipes, two jars of pasta sauce
Woolworths is enforcing purchase limits of two items across the following product categories:
- Toilet paper
- Paper Towel
- Baby Wipes
- Anti Bacterial Wipes
- Liquid Hand Wash
- Disposable Gloves
- Sponges & Scourers
- Frozen Vegetables
- Frozen Potato
- Frozen Fruit
- Frozen Fish
- Frozen Poultry
- Long life Milk
- Long life Milk (Speciality)
- Noodles (Mainstream)
- Cooking Oil
- Pasta Sauce
- Vinegar (White)
- Packet Side Dish – Pasta & Sauce
- Indian foods and sauces
- Mexican Dinner kits
- Canned Tomato
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Legumes
- Canned Fruit
- Baked Beans & Spaghetti
- Dairy Milk
- Dairy Milk (Specialty)
- Chilled Juice
- Bacon Prepacked
- Mince (fixed weight only)
- Burgers, Rissoles and meatballs
- Carrots Prepacked
- Potatoes Prepacked
- Onions Prepacked
- Bread (loaves) including in-store
- Frozen Seafood
Additionally, the following limits apply across the meat category:
- 2x packs Pork
- 2x packs Lamb
- 2x packs Beef
- 2x packs Chicken
A 1kg limit applies on the following:
A 2kg limit applies on the following loose vegetables: