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.
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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.
This is craziness… I’ve never seen so many people at my local Coles (on the Gold Coast) .. Even outside the declared hotspot of Greater Brisbane and people are panic buying!! @sunriseon7 @7NewsBrisbane @7NewsGoldCoast pic.twitter.com/kiA5CrU0Ww
— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) January 8, 2021
Residents in Greater Brisbane will still be allowed to leave their homes for essential reason, including going to the supermarket.
— Adam Hegarty (@ajhegarty9) January 8, 2021
— Jo Hayes (@johayesjourno) January 8, 2021
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.”
There is no need to rush out and panic buy. Groceries and essentials such as medicine will still be available while Greater Brisbane is in lockdown. Make sure you wear a mask and observe social distancing. Thanks everyone.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) January 8, 2021
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.”