It seems that many Victorians disregard pleas not to buy panic, with ongoing reports of bare supermarket shelves-particularly in the meat department.
In an effort to curb growing numbers of COVID-19 incidents, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared on Sunday that Melbourne would be entering a stage 4 lockdown.
The new regulations include a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, and closed down all non-essential businesses.
The rest of Victoria is now lockdown on stage 3, with masks locked in public spaces and cafes and restaurants with the exception of takeout.
And as residents get used to living under one of the strictest lockdowns in the country, Marty McCarthy, an ABC journalist, tweeted this morning a picture of a meat sale at Woolworths in Abbotsford, Melbourne that looked “fresh.”
Yet there’s one segment overlooked by the chiller shoppers, snubbing local meats like kangaroo.
Meat section at @Woolworths Abbotsford looking lean this morning. Woolworths says it’s confident it can “maintain a good supply of fresh food. We'll monitor it closely as the restrictions come in." Read more: https://t.co/whBX7xSN5w @clint_jasper @jesskatedavis #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/LLbVN57PrO
— Marty McCarthy (@martymccarthy1) August 3, 2020
It seems like others do not have the time to roast chicken either, with one section of Coles meat looking depressingly bare apart from an offering of whole roast chickens and bits.
Went to my local ALDI in Heidelberg to buy milk – not one tray of meat available in the entire aisle. Is meat the new toilet paper?
Stop panic buying already Melbourne!#IStandWithDan
— Pixi Peters (@pixi_peters) August 3, 2020
My friend is an attorney in Melbourne, Australia and they’re all panic buying the grocery store again because they got locked down even harder this time around. pic.twitter.com/6w7smmSLbJ
— SumBum (@SumBumSZN) August 3, 2020