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Supermarkets to impose limits following panic buying (again)

Supermarkets are expected to bring in limits on product quantities shoppers can buy following repeat panic buying in SA.

Photo: Visit Henley Beach.

The recent lockdown announced in South Australia has just now come into full effect at 6:00pm, however shoppers have flocked to the supermarkets prior to demonstrating repeat behaviour from past lockdowns.

Following displays of panic buying across the state, supermarkets have imposed limits on purchasing particular products to best curb the behaviour from the public.

Henley Square Foodland today announced that they themselves would be implementing restrictions on products.

“To all our valued shoppers, during this time of unprecedented demand, there is no need to panic buy. Essential services, including supermarkets will remain open, however until such time as consumer purchase habits return to normal, and supply issues are addressed, purchase limits may be in place across certain categories,” they said.

“We are doing everything within our power to source stock and have it available as soon as possible for all our customers. To assist us during this time please be kind to your fellow shoppers, and only purchase normal household quantities as required, this will ensure there is enough product available for everyone. As usual, please ensure you are following social distancing rules, following the guidelines from SA Health and checking in via our QR code on entry.

“Rest assured that we are continuously monitoring the COVID19 situation and working closely with health officials to ensure your health and safety in store. We appreciate your patience and continued support while we continue to do our best for our fellow South Australians.”

it’s expected other supermarkets will follow suit as there is yet to be any indication if the SA Government will reinstate 24 hour trading for supermarkets, similar to last years changes which were introduced to ease shopping congestion, and help limit crowd numbers indoors.

While specific limits on categories are unknown exactly, it is advised you shop responsibly only for items in quantities you directly need or require.

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