Woolworths has imposed tough new buying restrictions, announcing a blanket two-items-per-person limit on packaged products from any single category across all its supermarkets and online.
What are the new limits at Woolies?
The new buying caps will apply to items like coffee, packaged bread, personal care products and even dry pet food, regardless of the brand or variety.
The move comes as supermarkets around the country struggle to manage panic buying amid the coronavirus outbreak, as Aussies seemingly prepare for self-isolation. The Australian government is expected to make an announcement today on stricter self-distancing measures.
Woolies’ new restrictions are in addition to the one-pack per customer limit already in place on products short in supply including:
- toilet paper
- baby wipes
- antibacterial wipes
- paper towels
- rice (2kg and over)
The supermarket said the new measure was to ensure customers get equal opportunity to access products they need. Coles and ALDI have also announced tougher limits on more stock to their customers, with chilled milk, canned tomatoes and liquid soap now also limited to two units per sale.
New purchase limits introduced at Coles from today, two units per customer: sugar, UHT long-life milk, canned tomatoes and liquid soap. Full list available here – https://t.co/2i7WxG7bQT
— Coles Supermarkets (@Coles) March 17, 2020
To discourage over-purchasing, all supermarkets have indefinitely suspended their change-of-mind refund policy and winded back their trading hours to give staff enough time to restock shelves and clean stores.
Coles and Woolies have introduced a dedicated shopping hour from 7am to 8am on weekdays for seniors and the disabled to shop for necessities in less crowded aisles during the coronavirus outbreak.
So, what can I buy at Woolies and elsewhere?
Here are the product categories there are currently no limits on across most supermarkets:
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- meat (excluding mince)
- fresh milk
- canned fish
- drinks (ambient and chilled)
- baby food
- Easter confectionery and merchandise
- wet pet food
Supermarkets are pleading with shoppers to only buy what they need and stick to product limits. Customers have also been reminded there is a zero tolerance policy on abusive and aggressive behaviour in stores.
A joint message from Australian supermarkets. pic.twitter.com/sujxIGssEr
— Woolworths (@woolworths) March 17, 2020
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