Supermarket shelves are filled with toilet paper for the first time in weeks, while panic buyers are finally slowing down.
A pleasantly surprised shopper took a photo of three pallets full of Quilton toilet paper on Saturday at Costco in Marsden Park, west Sydney.
Good to see that normality finally returns. Little audience and no rush, ”the caption said.
Other customers also shared their joy of purchasing toilet paper.
“I finally found a Kleenex 24 pack this morning at Woolies, it felt like I won the lottery. Goodbye 1 layer! One person wrote.
A pleasantly surprised shopper took a photo of three pallets full of Quilton toilet paper on Saturday at Costco in Marsden Park, west Sydney
Woolworths in Lane Cove, north Sydney, still had around 100 packs of toilet paper on Sunday afternoon
Another shopper took a photo of shelves full of toilet paper at Woolworths in the Stud Park Shopping Center, south Melbourne
“I ordered a toilet paper subscription and now I see toilet paper every time I go to the store,” wrote another.
Another shopper took a photo of shelves full of toilet paper at Woolworths in the Stud Park Shopping Center, south Melbourne.
Customers were calmly seen through the aisles without rushing to grab a package.
Woolworths in Lane Cove, north Sydney, still had around 100 packs of toilet paper on Sunday afternoon.
Due to the pandemic of the corona virus, supermarkets have been deprived of essential products, including toilet paper, tissues, rice and other stock items, in the past month.
On March 23, supermarket giant Coles said panic purchases were starting to slow down.
Chief operating officer Matt Swindells said most customers had taken note of Scott Morrison’s strict warning to Australians to stop collecting groceries.
“I am pleased to report that shopping through our supermarket business has certainly returned to normal somewhere, and that has the teams with all the hard work they put into getting the stock back into the system,” said Mr. Swindells.
Due to the pandemic of the corona virus, supermarkets have been deprived of essential products, including toilet paper, tissues, rice and other stock items, in the past month. On the photo: Woolworths at Town Hall, Sydney on March 13
But Coles and Woolworths still have restrictions on buying one package on toilet paper to keep hamsters from clearing shelves.
Some customers have even become embroiled in ugly confrontations about the limited stock.
Australia’s major supermarkets have strengthened social distance measures before Easter pressures.
Woolworths and Coles will limit the number of customers in the store to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
It lined up buyers on Saturday morning to access stores like Woolworths Everton Park in north Brisbane.
An employee who greeted customers told AAP that the store limited the number to 100 people, with restrictions being introduced across the country.
Claire Peters, director of Woolworths Supermarkets, said that the number of customers allowed to enter each store at any time depends on the size.
He asked customers to pre-plan their Easter store to avoid the usual Thursday peak.
“Traditionally, Thursday leading up to Easter is one of our busiest times in the store,” he said.
Competitor Coles is also introducing measures to help authorities fight the virus.
“Team members will be at the entrance of the store to help you and let you know when it’s okay to come in,” said CEO Steven Cain.
Woolworths also announced that they would engage their ‘Pickup Service’ on Monday for Priority Assistance customers with relatives, neighbors or friends who could pick up goods on their behalf.
There were 5,688 COVID-19 cases across the country as of Sunday morning, with the death toll rising to 30 after a woman in her seventies died in Victoria and the death of a man in her eighties at Canberra Hospital.
Timeline of Australian panic purchases
March 1 – Panic purchases of toilet paper begin, with shelves in supermarkets across the country being taken out of the toilet roll as fear of coronavirus increases
4th of March – Coles introduces a limit of four pieces on toilet paper.
6 March – Three women are filmed in a shocking fistfight over toilet paper in a Woolworths in Chullora, 15 km west of Sydney CBD.
March 7th Video goes viral of an older woman slapping another shopper as she scrapes over the last pack of toilet paper in a Melbourne Coles.
13 March – Woolworths introduces a one-package limit for paper towels and napkins.
17th of March – Woolworths and Coles are introducing a special shopping hour for the elderly and disabled to stock up without being overwhelmed by the panic of buying chaos in some stores.
18th of March – Woolworths says customers of most packaged products can only purchase two items from a single category, excluding fresh food.
18th of March – Scott Morrison demands that Australians stop collecting food and other essentials during a passionate press conference.
March 24th – Coles announces that it will allow emergency workers – including nurses and police officers – to shop during the special ‘community hour’.
April 1st – Panic buyers force Woolworths and Coles to cut back their weekly specials