Supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles have been forced to reinstate limits on the amount of toilet paper people can buy at all stores across the country.
It comes following a surge in demand following a recent spike of coronavirus in Victoria.
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said the two-pack purchase limit on toilet paper and paper towel was to ensure “all customers have access to the products they need”.
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“We’ve regrettably started to see elevated demand for toilet roll move outside Victoria in the past 24 hours,” Ms Peters said.
“While the demand is not at the same level as Victoria, we’re taking preventative action now to get ahead of any excessive buying this weekend and help maintain social distancing in our stores.”
Ms Peters confirmed the company has now ordered more than 650,000 additional packs of toilet roll, which is an increase of more than 30 percent.
“We have plenty of stock for all of us, so we encourage our customers to buy only what they need and think of others in the community as they shop this weekend. If customers already have enough toilet roll at home, there is no need to buy more,” she warned.
“The sooner we see buying patterns return to normal levels, as was the case throughout May and most of June, the quicker we’ll be able to wind back limits.”
Woolworths also has limits on hand sanitiser, flour, sugar, pasta, mince, long-life milk, eggs and rice in its Victorian stores, however other stores across the country have not been affected.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, Coles confirmed it was introducing a one-pack limit on toilet paper and paper towels at all stores nationwide, effective immediately.
“We ask that customers continue to shop normally so that everyone can have access to the food and groceries they need,” a Coles spokesperson said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison again slammed panic buyers flocking to supermarkets to stock up loo paper.
“Stop it, it’s ridiculous,” the PM said following a national cabinet meeting on Friday afternoon.
“I’m sure it will pass as it did last time and there’s no need for it.”