Woolworths urges calm amid reports toilet paper panic buying has returned

Woolworths has called for calm after confirming that a handful of stores had experienced “elevated demand” for toilet paper, as coronavirus cases continue to spike in Victoria.

Earlier today, shoppers reported seeing panic buyers snapping up supplies at supermarkets in the Melbourne suburbs of Rosebud, Chirnside Park and Taylors Hill.

It’s also been reported that stores in Brimbank and Hume – both COVID-19 hot spots – have also experienced a rush of demand, with some residents reportedly stocking up in case the Victoria government tightens restrictions further.

“Already people stocking up once again, in the main the last couple of days, toilet paper, tissues and paper towels,” said one shopper on Twitter.

The news comes on the same day that Victoria recorded its seventh day of double-digit coronavirus cases, with a further 17 cases of COVID-19 being reported on Tuesday.

In a statement The News, a Woolworths spokesperson has urged customers to only buy the supplies they need.

File image: Woolworths has urged shoppers to stay calm, saying the supermarket has plenty of supplies in reserve.
File image: Woolworths has urged shoppers to stay calm, saying the supermarket has plenty of supplies in reserve. 

“We’ve seen elevated demand for toilet roll in a handful of Melbourne stores today,” the spokesperson said.

“We have plenty of stock to draw on in our distribution centres and will replenish shelves in those stores quickly.

“We’ll continue to keep a close eye on stock levels in the coming days, and ask customers to buy only what they need.”

In March, supermarkets experienced unprecedented demand for toilet paper as panicked shoppers stripped shelves of stock.

Woolworths alone sold a staggering 39.7 millions rolls a week mid-March at the height of crisis.

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