Panic buying begins ahead of Greater Brisbane COVID lockdown

THOUSAND of people have quickly flocked to supermarkets across Brisbane as the region prepares for a three-day COVID lockdown.

The Queensland Premier confirmed this morning residents across Greater Brisbane will be forced to stay at home from 6pm on Friday to 6pm on Monday.

That includes the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands.


Immediately following the announcement, people swarmed to local shopping centres across the south east, with lengthy lines seen at several stores.

Even shops on the Gold Coast have been affected despite not being included in the lockdown orders.

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Residents in Greater Brisbane will still be allowed to leave their homes for essential reason, including going to the supermarket.

Queensland Health has now issued an alert urging people not to panic buy.

“Queensland Health is urgently reminding the Brisbane community that supermarkets and essential businesses will remain open during the Greater Brisbane area lockdown,” the statement read.

“There are no concerns that supermarket supplies are at risk during this three-day period.

“Those attending supermarkets, particularly during busy periods, are reminded to practice social distancing and hand hygiene, wear a mask and follow all health advice.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk also took to social media to urge people to calm down.

“There is no need to rush out and panic buy,” the Premier said in a Tweet.

Groceries and essentials such as medicine will still be available while Greater Brisbane is in lockdown.”

Opposition leader David Crisaulli said he was disappointed to see some stores had drastically marked up the price of masks.

“Some shops in Brisbane are increasing mask sales by 400%, taking advantage of people’s anxiety,” he said on Twitter.

“This isn’t on.”


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Pimpama woolies is crazy people are doing the toilet paper thing again.

Donkeys. Absolute morons. This is what society has become.

So the thousands who left Greater Brisbane before 6pm were all clear of the virus?
Guess what in a week or so the lockdown will happen right through QLD!!!.