Panic-buying erupts across South Australia as the state goes into covid lockdown with fears supermarkets could run out of stock – as cops admit there’s NOTHING they can do to stop the chaos
South Australia is battling a cluster of 22 cases in the city’s northern suburbs and will introduce the harshest restrictions the country has seen to slow the spread from midnight.
The lockdown – described as ‘extreme’ by state chief health officer Nicola Spurrier – bans leaving home for exercise and allows one shopping trip per household a day.
As it was announced at about 1pm, Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies.
Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown
Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies. Pictured: Empty shelves
South Australia police chief Grant Stevens said panic buying was not necessary but admitted he expected it to happen.
He has put police on ‘stand-by’ to deal with any unrest at stores.
‘I don’t think people will listen and I do think people will flood the supermarkets,’ he said.
‘If you are going shopping, think about other people, treat each other with respect and kindness, we are all in the same boat and think of those who are working on the supermarkets, doing it tough and they will be inundated over the next few days and if we have to take action to protect those people, then we will do so.’
Premier Marshall urged residents not to panic buy, saying: ‘There is no point going off to the supermarket this afternoon.
‘Supermarkets and the supply lines will be remaining open.’
Shelves were cleared out in Adelaide as panic buying set in on Wednesday afternoon
Commissioner Stevens said the six-day period would be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions, similar to those seen in Melbourne.
From midnight all schools will close along with universities, pubs, cafes and food courts.
Regional travel will be banned and aged care centres will go into lockdown.
Factories will close, along with the construction industry.
Wedding and funerals will be banned. All outdoor sport and exercise will be banned, and masks will be mandatory outside the home.
Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the so-called Parafield cluster had only grown by two cases to 22.
Seven more people are waiting for test results.
The lockdown – described as ‘extreme’ by state chief health officer Nicola Spurrier – bans leaving home for exercise and allows one shopping trip per household a day. Pictured: An empty shelf