By Juliano Oliveira
There is no need for rushing or panic-buying in the wake of a snap-lockdown imposed to Greater Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine coasts, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Townsville city, Magnetic Island and Palm Island.
Queensland Government has assured that supermarket shelves would remain stocked throughout the three-day ordered restriction.
“The Queensland Government is taking measures to address planning conditions that restrict operating hours of loading docks and distribution centres supplying supermarkets,” Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Steven Miles said.
“This will ensure drivers and retailers can work around the clock to deliver essentials to Queenslanders.
Mr Miles emphasized that Queensland supermarkets are not running out of products, but the stores need to get them as quickly as possible.
“I also want to urge Queenslanders not to panic buy. We’ve done this before, we have been through lockdowns and restrictions, and together we can get through this again.”
Mr Miles said the measures were temporary to respond to consumer demand.
“This provides temporary relief from approval conditions for declared businesses, such as supermarkets and chemists, to restock 24 hours per day, seven days a week,” he said.
“This does not impact retail trading hours.”
Yesterday, The Courier-Mail informed that Toilet paper, eggs and vegetables had been going out the door in supermarkets around the southeast of Queensland.
Also, yesterday, 7NEWS reported being “aware of panic buying at multiple locations across southeast Queensland and Townsville, where non-essential movement will be banned from 6pm on Tuesday.”