Krispy Kreme has been criticized for handing out 420,000 free donuts, while Australia is experiencing a second wave of coronavirus.
The dessert giant gave away boxes of a dozen original glazed donuts to customers celebrating a closed birthday between March 13 and July 13.
A large group of people ignored social distance measures while queuing at the Penrith store in west Sydney on Monday.
New South Wales police confirmed they had been called to several Krispy Kreme stores in Sydney to help the flow of heavy traffic and control of the public.
Hordes of enthusiastic customers were spotted in the Auburn store, west of Sydney, where police riot police were forced to expel the crowd
The dessert giant gave away boxes of a dozen original glazed donuts to customers celebrating a closed birthday between March 13 and July 13. Picture: busy at Penrith
The crowd grew so large that the Riot Squad was also called in to enforce social distance and public health orders.
Hordes of enthusiastic customers were also seen in the Auburn store, on Parramatta Rd, where police riot police were forced to expel the crowd.
Tony Cooke, assistant commissioner for the NSW police, said the timing of today’s pop-up promotion is “nonsensical and defies logic.”
“We have people at NSW who have lost their jobs, people who have missed the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones at funerals, and of course people who have lost their lives because of COVID-19,” he said.
Such promotions do not help to maintain social distance, which is essential to stop the spread of the virus.
“The police are investigating any violations that have occurred and will take appropriate action if necessary.”
Residents of Sydney were just as frustrated with the giveaway, with many going to social media to destroy the donut company.
“Shocked you’d encourage people to go out for a free donut during a pandemic, seriously,” one person wrote.
More than 20 cases have been linked to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak, while several other locations have been notified after they may have been exposed to the virus
The state registered 14 new COVID-19 cases from 8 p.m. on Sunday, four of which were in hotel quarantine, two were NSW residents who contracted the virus in Victoria, and eight were linked to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak
“I understand this is a kind gesture, but I cannot emphasize how insensitive it is to run this promotion in a hotspot in Victoria and force the police to close the area due to the influx of people,” said another comment. .
In a statement, Krispy Kreme Australia said the staff “adhere to the current state government requirements for hygiene and social distance.”
The response is because more than 20 cases have been linked to a pub outbreak in Sydney, while several other locations have been notified after they may have been exposed to the virus.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 9,980
New South Wales: 3492
Western Australia: 635
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 9,980
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 1.661
Dr Kerry Chant, NSW’s Chief Health Officer, said on Monday that 10 cases of coronavirus were now directly related to the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, while 11 cases were indirectly related.
The state registered 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday at 8 p.m., four of which were hotel quarantined, two of which were NSW residents who contracted the virus in Victoria, and eight that were related to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak.
Dr. Chant confirmed later on Monday that another eight cases had been reported until noon – all linked to the Crossroads Hotel.
“You can see how quickly COVID can spread if we don’t respond quickly,” she told reporters in Sydney.
All patrons of the Casula pub, which entered from July 3 to 10, should isolate themselves and be encouraged to test as a precaution.
Studies are ongoing to determine the source of the infection in the pub, with further test results expected this week.
While Dr. Chant said it was premature to confirm how the outbreak started, she noted that it could have been introduced through a Victorian contact.
The pub had a COVID-19 safe plan, and authorities were able to get the contact details of a number of customers, but the “implementation problem” is under investigation, Dr. Chant to it.