Coles is forced to bring in toilet paper restrictions AGAIN after shelves were stripped bare as coronavirus panic buying sweeps Adelaide
- Shoppers have begun panic buying in South Australia after new Covid outbreak
- Supermarket shelves in Adelaide were stripped of toilet paper on Monday
- Unions said shoppers should stay calm, with no shortage of supplies in state
- South Australia has recorded one new coronavirus infection on Tuesday
- There are now 20 confirmed and suspected cases associated to outbreak
- Coles has now been forced to bring back its buying limits on toilet paper
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Coles has been forced to bring back its buying limits on toilet paper after panic buyers stripped the stores bare.
Costumers will now be limited to just two packs per person from Tuesday as the supermarket giant struggles to keep up with demand.
Similar limits are also in place in Costco.
Shoppers in South Australia rushed to stock up on the essential product this week after an explosion of coronavirus cases (Pictured: A Coles supermarket in Adelaide)
Unions said shoppers should remain calm and reiterated there was no shortage of supplies in the state (Pictured: A supermarket in Adelaide)
‘Coles is implementing purchase limits in South Australia to ensure more customers have access to staple items,’ a Coles spokesperson said.
‘The limits do not currently apply to any other states or products, however we will continue to monitor stock levels and ask that customers purchase only what they need.’
Unions have called for shoppers to remain calm after early reports of customers hoarding stock in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The state recorded one new coronavirus infection overnight following an outbreak in north Adelaide.
There are now 20 confirmed and suspected cases associated to the emerging cluster.
New restictions, which will begin on Tuesday, have been introduced to slow the spread of the disease.
Pubs, clubs and restaurants will be limited to 100 people per venue, with one person per four square metres and no stand-up drinking.
Table bookings and home gatherings will be capped at ten people, with funerals limited to 50 and weddings to 150.
Essential items including toilet paper were stripped bare in Golden Grove and Glenelg, with Kilburn Costco selling 15 pallets of toilet paper on Monday morning (pictured)
Shoppers have begun panic buying in South Australia after new COVID outbreak. Pictured: bare toilet paper shelves in West Lakes in Adelaide on Monday
Gyms and recreation centres will be closed for two weeks and community sport fixtures will be cancelled – but schools will stay open.
Hair and nail salon workers and tattooists must wear masks and general mask wearing is strongly advised where social distancing is not possible.
International flights into Adelaide have been suspended, while Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have imposed quarantine for people arriving from South Australia.
Victoria has introduced extra screening.
SA Health authorities believe the outbreak started when a worker at Peppers Hotel quarantine in Adelaide’s CBD brought the virus home.
Limits have been imposed on Costco members as toilet paper stocks are depleted in Adelaide (Pictured: in a city centre store)
People are seen queuing up at the Parafield Gardens COVID testing centre on November 17, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia
South Australia has reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions in response to a growing coronavirus cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs (Pictured: Testing sites in SA)
Hundreds of people line up to be tested for COVID-19 after an explosion of cases in the state
A woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s, as well as an 80-year-old woman – one of their mothers – were among the first to test positive.
The 80-year-old woman went to Adelaide’s Lyell McEwin Hospital for testing.
Contact tracing is underway for about 90 staff and patients at the hospital who may have come into contact with her.
A primary school child, a year eight student, a Hungry Jack’s worker and two aged care workers have also tested positive.
South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier revealed the spike in cases on Monday.
‘It looks like we’re in the beginning or early part of what could be a second wave but we have time to get on top of it,’ she said.
ADELAIDE’S COVID-19 OUTBREAK – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
By Lauren Ferri, for Daily Mail Australia
A worker at the Peppers Hotel in the Adelaide CBD is believed to have caught the virus from an international traveller and then infected her large family.
The couple – a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s then gave it to an 80-year-old woman, who is one of their mothers.
Elderly woman visited the Parafield Plaza Asian supermarket between 10: 30am and 11: 30am on Thursday without knowing she was infectious.
Growth in the Parafield outbreak led to the family cluster in South Australia rising to 17 cases on Monday and 18 cases on Tuesday.
SA Health authorities believe the outbreak started when a worker at Peppers Hotel’s quarantine facility in Adelaide’s CBD brought the virus home. The CBD hotel is pictured
Western Australia has since forced all arrivals from SA since Saturday to self-quarantine for 14 days.
More than 90 people already forced into quarantine as dozens of locations put on high alert:
Anyone who was in the emergency department at Lyell McEwin Hospital between 5pm Friday 13 November and 4am on Saturday 14 November told to self-isolate immediately.
Prisoners are being tested at Yatala Labour Prison after an employee who was a close contact of the family contact contracted COVID-19.
Anyone who visited Parafield Plaza Supermarket between 10.30am and 11.30am on Thursday November 12 told to watch for symptoms.
Mawson Lakes Primary School has been closed for 24 hours after a close contact of a student tested positive to the virus.
Thomas More College in north Adelaide has closed for at least 24 hours after a student at the school tested positive – and Hungry Jack’s in Port Adelaide has also been closed for a deep clean.