Woolworths has announced limits on another 18 products as coronavirus cases soar in Victoria.
The state recorded a total of 66 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday as they battle to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
The supermarket giant announced a two per-person limit on 18 more products as people resume panic buying due to lockdown restrictions.
Items limited to two per-person include flour, sugar, pasta, mince, long life milk, eggs, rice, chilled juice, sausages, burgers and tissues.
A large group of frozen foods including vegetables, potato, fruit, fish, pizza, party snacks, meals and seafood also have been limited.
Empty fruit and vegetable shelves seen as people resume panic buying due to coronavirus cases
Items limited to two per-person include flour, sugar, pasta, mince, long life milk, eggs, rice, chilled juice, sausages, burgers and tissues
Woolworths has placed a purchase limit on a further 18 products as people continue to panic buy in Victoria
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said there was no reason for customers to worry as there is enough stock coming in but limits were placed to reassure everyone.
The following items have a two per-person limit only in Victoria.
Long life milk
Frozen Party Snacks
‘We care deeply about the wellbeing of our customers and team members and have put a number of further precautionary measures in place to ensure everyone can stay safe,’ she said.
‘We continue to see elevated demand in our supermarkets, but we have good stock levels continuing to flow through our warehouses and into stores.
‘We want to reassure everyone in Victoria that our distribution centres, customer online fulfillment centre and our supermarkets remain open and will continue to operate as essential services for the customers and communities that depend on them.
‘If you’re in a hotspot area, we would encourage you to consider doing your grocery shopping online if possible. Together with our on-demand courier partners, we are able to fulfill thousands of extra orders each week.’
Woolworths has already placed a limit in all national stores on toilet paper, paper towels, gloves and hand wash.
Their competition, Coles, has already implemented two pack restrictions on many chilled and frozen items, pasta sauces and canned goods in Victoria and Tasmania, along with New South Wales stores in Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin.
Affected items include fresh milk, butter, cheese, margarine, chicken thighs and breasts, prepacked carrots and potatoes, and frozen fruit and vegetables until Coles chilled distribution centre in Laverton returns to full operation capacity.
A ‘significant portion’ of the centre’s workforce are self-isolating at home after a number of employees tested positive to coronavirus last week.
There are also temporary two pack limits on canned vegetables, fruit, meat, baked beans and spaghetti, along with pasta sauce after increased demand as Victoria battles a second wave of new infections.
A number of employees at Coles’ chilled distribution centre in Laverton, Melbourne (pictured) recently tested positive to coronavirus
Additional limits have been introduced on essentials such as canned good and pasta sauce
‘Our team is working hard with our suppliers to replenish our stores as soon as possible, and we apologise to customers of our Victorian and NSW border stores who may find some chilled and fresh produce lines are temporarily out of stock,’ a Coles statement read.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 8,066
New South Wales: 3,211
Western Australia: 611
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 8,066
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 458
‘To help us provide a safe shopping experience for all, we ask that customers continue to treat our team members with respect, buy only what they need, continue observing social distancing in stores, make use of the sanitising stations at the entrance, and plan their visit so they can be ‘speedy shoppers’.’
Coles has also re-routed stock to other distribution centres in other states, established pop-up distribution centres in Victoria and working with suppliers to deliver products directly to stores.
Coles is working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to have all staff at its distribution centre at Laverton tested for COVID.
The facility has been deep cleaned daily over the past week.
‘The Victorian Government is working with Coles to ensure the distribution centre can remain open and keep food on shelves, and has confirmed all necessary precautions and steps have been taken by Coles to ensure the site has been appropriately cleaned and that relevant measures are in place regarding testing and isolation of team members,’ the supermarket added.
A two item limit on fresh milk has been introduced in Coles across Victoria and Tasmania