Despite confidence the border closure between NSW and Victoria won't impact disruption to food and grocery supplies, Woolworths supermarkets have reinstated purchase limits in Victoria today.
After removing them just yesterday, a surge in panic-buying across Victoria overnight has seen purchase limits of two items per customer across 27 product categories now applied in Victoria, both in-store and online.
The limit on products, which include frozen and pre-packaged foods, fresh milk and bread and pantry staples like flour, rice and sugar, aimed to help ensure more customers have fair access to fresh food and essentials at Woolworths.
Restrictions to toilet roll of two packs per customer also continue across all Woolworths supermarkets in the country.
Woolworths said all its Victorian supermarkets remain open throughout the next six weeks of stage three restrictions just as they did earlier this year.
"Freight has continued to move across the border this morning and we're not anticipating any disruption to deliveries at this stage. We will continue to monitor the situation closely," a Woolworths' spokesperson said in a statement.
The supermarket chain assures customers it has more than enough stock flowing from its distribution centres into stores to support all its customers' food and grocery needs.
"We encourage our customers to continue shopping as they usually would."
From Wednesday 8 July 2020, Woolworths has reinstated a purchase limit of two items on each of the following products categories across its Victorian stores and online:
- Frozen Vegetables
- Frozen Potatoes
- Frozen Fruit
- Frozen Fish
- Frozen Poultry
- Pre-packed Sausages from the meat department
- Pre-packed Burger Patties, Rissoles and Meatballs from the meat department
- Pre-packed Carrots
- Pre-packed Potatoes
- Chilled Fresh Milk
- Sliced Bread Loaves - from the bakery department
- Frozen Pizza
- Frozen Party Snacks
- Frozen Meals
- Frozen Seafood
- Chilled Juice
- Pre-packed Bacon
- Dry Pasta
- Hand Sanitiser
- Long Life Milk
- Paper Towel
Existing limits to remain in place in Victoria and all other states and territories:
- Toilet roll (two packs per customer)