Supermarkets in parts of Australia remain open 24 hours a day, allowing customers to purchase essential items as coronavirus leaves panic purchases, shelves cleared
- People are unable to purchase essential items due to the crowds of shoppers
- SA Premier has announced that stores in the state can remain open all day
- Deregulated shopping times begin in South Australia from March 23
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Supermarkets in parts of Australia remain open 24 hours amid panic purchase due to coronavirus.
Many people have been unable to purchase essential items because a multitude of shoppers have cleared frantic shelves.
South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall has announced that stores in the state can remain open for 30 days during the week.
Deregulated shopping times begin on Monday March 23.
General view outside a Woolworths in Sunbury as people wait outside Tuesday
Under the new regulations, stores in South Australia will be open all day Monday through Friday, then Saturdays from 9am to 9pm on Sundays and 9am to 9pm.
Rob Lucas, treasurer in South Australia, said that stores would not be forced to open, but he thought many entrepreneurs would extend their opening hours because the rules are more flexible.
“The government is horrified by some of the scenes we’ve seen in recent weeks. We hope this will ease some of that chaos, “he said The advertiser.
Mr Marshall said the opening hours were meant to keep the ‘community protected’.
Images were taken Tuesday of a Coles customer (right) allegedly abusing a female employee (left) because of the supermarket’s toilet paper policy
The move to protect aged and disabled shoppers from the panic buying chaos follows numerous confrontations between customers. Two women were charged with this recent incident at a Woolworths in Chullora in southwest Sydney
This gives traders the opportunity to spread their customer taxes over a longer number of hours … we also expect it to help jobs with more people needed to store shelves, ”he said.
Trade rules for Easter in South Australia remain.
Meanwhile, supermarkets are forced to step up their security measures as the panic purchase of the coronavirus becomes feverish across the country.
Police have been called to oversee long queues at supermarkets as shoppers rush to get their hands on what’s on the shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the hysteria surrounding the deadly outbreak, shoppers have battled over toilet paper and other goods at supermarket chains in recent days.
On Wednesday, images of authorities keeping watch appeared when long lines outside a Coles were formed in the Broadway Shopping Center, west of Sydney.
In Western Australia, police officers patrolled the aisles as customers rushed in to shop for groceries.
A spokesman for the NSW police said agents are helping to monitor the queues due to a large influx of customers and will be present where necessary.
Coles also confirmed that it has increased its security measures to manage the chaos in its stores, which have been inundated with customers emptying the shelves daily.
“Coles team members and suppliers have worked as hard as possible to bring more products to the stores every day and stock the shelves as quickly as possible,” they said in a statement Wednesday.
“We are constantly reviewing security measures to manage the unprecedented customer demand in our stores and have increased the presence of security in our stores nationally.”
Woolworths has followed suit by doubling their security presence in the store network in recent weeks.
“We are working closely with our security contractors to further expand coverage,” said a spokesman.
Coles joined Woolworths, Aldi and IGA in a desperate request to customers to take more account of workers during the stock madness.
The call in newspaper ads across the country followed a series of incidents where customers verbally attacked retail staff.
On Tuesday, shocking images of a shopper appeared in a confrontation with a Coles employee during a heated dispute about toilet paper rationing.
ASydney woman took to Facebook to share an image of the line with her local Aldi in Miranda (pictured) before claiming the employee had offended people asking her to remain calm