Perth supermarkets bring back product limits amid COVID-19 lockdown

Credit: Mark Regan.

Supermarkets across Perth have reinforced product limits after the state government announced a hard COVID-19 lockdown at the weekend.

The sight of long shopping queues was all too familiar for checkout staff on Sunday, as thousands flocked to stock up only minutes after Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement.

Staff at grocery stores were left scrambling to get extra team members on-site as they were inundated with a wave of customers, many having to form lines outside as supermarkets reached capacity.

Coles has implemented additional safety measures in its Perth, Peel and South West stores to help keep customers and team members safe.

The supermarket giant has enforced product limits to help manage demand on key items at its supermarket and express sites.

Coles have implemented a one product limit on toilet paper and paper towel.

A two-pack per customer limit applied to longlife items, including canned foods, pasta and rice. The rule also includes meat, eggs, frozen products and hand sanitiser.

Coles state general manager for Western Australia Pat Zanetti said the health and safety of customers and team members remains top priority.

“We have well-established safety protocols based on what we have learned from COVID restrictions implemented in other states,” Mr Zanetti said.

“Taking these immediate and additional safety measures will protect and ensure our customers and team members can feel safe in our stores.

“We have also increased the number of team members in stores and expanded our Coles Online capacity to help serve customers quickly and safely during this busy time.”

Woolworths has also reinstated restrictions with product limit signage plastered across its Perth stores, however, the supermarket giant is yet to release information officially.

It’s understood Woolworths has put a two-pack purchase on most essential products including toilet paper, longlife items, meat and poultry, frozen foods and cleaning products.

The product restriction response comes after many flocked to supermarkets after it was revealed Perth would go into a hard five-day lockdown due to a new COVID-19 case.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said a security guard, in his 20s, working at a hotel quarantine facility – the Sheraton Four Points tested positive to COVID-19, believed to be the UK strain.

“The information we have is fast-evolving. As you can understand, immediately our teams moved into place to begin contact tracing and put in place emergency response systems,” Mr McGowan said.

“When the man was working at this hotel, there were four active cases of COVID-19. Of those four cases, we have at least three confirmed variant strains, two UK and one South African.

“We are told the guard was working on the same floor, as a positive UK variant case. Exactly how the infection was acquired remains under investigation.”

The Health Department contact tracing team has pulled together a list of potential exposure sites of where this positive case has been in recent days.

These locations currently include:

-Coles Maylands supermarket on 25 January from 8pm to 10pm

-KFC Maylands on 27 January from 6pm to midnight

-Mitsubishi Motors car dealership in Midland on 27 January from 7pm to close

-Spudshed, Coventry Village in Morley on 27 January from 8pm to midnight

-ECU Joondalup on 28 January from 11am to 2pm

-Consulate General of India on St Georges Terrace in Perth on 28 January from 12pm to 5pm

-Halal Grocery Store in Cloverdale on 28 January from 7pm to 9pm

-Venus Ladies and Gentleman Hair Design Maylands hairdressers on 29 January from 1pm to 3pm

-Perth Convention Centre on 29 January from 4pm to 6pm

-Nedlands Family Practice GP surgery on 29 January from 5pm to 6pm

-Chemist Warehouse North Perth Pharmacy on 29 January from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

-7-Eleven Ascot petrol station on 29 January from 8pm to 9pm

-Coles Maylands supermarket on 29 January from 8pm 9pm

-Puma Service Station in Burswood on 30 January from 11am to 12 midday.

-Coles Express/Shell Service Station in Cloverdale on 30 January from 12 midday to 3pm

-Pharmacy 777 at Maylands Park Shopping Centre 30 January from 2.30pm to 4pm.

Those who have been to these venues on the above dates and times have been told they must get tested.

More venues are expected to be added, for all the latest information visit the WA Health Website.

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