Toilet paper limits forced by coronavirus-fuelled hoarding have been lifted by Coles, with fellow supermarket chain Woolworths also planning to ease restrictions.
- Coles has removed limits on purchasing toilet paper, effective immediately
- Woolworths will relax their loo-roll restrictions from Wednesday
- Woolworths also lifted curbs on other products like pasta, baked beans and flour
Starting today, Coles customers were able to purchase as many packets of toilet paper and paper towels as they wanted.
And from tomorrow, Woolworths shoppers will be allowed to buy up to four packets of toilet paper each, an increase of three per person.
The move comes after panic-buying of loo roll sparked supermarket-aisle scuffles across the country and saw Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly plead with stockpiling Australians to “just stop it”.
“We expect to remove further limits as customer demand continues to stabilise and more categories see supply levels return to normal,” a Coles spokeswoman said.
Other items such as pasta, flour, eggs, liquid soap, and anti-bacterial wipes continue to be restricted to two per person at Coles stores.
Woolworths’ relaxation of limits will also apply to rice, with four packs now allowed, compared to one previously.
And product restrictions at Woolworths will be completely removed for pasta, frozen vegetables, tissues, baby wipes, baked beans and canned spaghetti, as well as paper towels and disposable gloves.
Eggs, flour, sugar, pasta sauce, handwash, cleaners and disinfectants will still be restricted to two items per person.
Woolworths to ‘monitor’ customer behaviour
“This is a positive sign following weeks of hard work from our teams, customers and significant support from our suppliers in meeting this unprecedented demand,” said Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters.
“We’ll continue to monitor stock levels and customer behaviour, with the desired outcome to eventually remove product limits altogether.
Aldi has not announced major changes to its restrictions, but said its stores will return to their normal trading hours, unless state and local restrictions applied.
The greater availability of toilet paper is likely to be the biggest talking point from the relaxation of supermarket restrictions after being a hotly sought-after item for almost two months.
A mother and daughter who allegedly used “unlawful violence” when they fought over toilet paper at a Woolworths store in Sydney last month have had their case adjourned for two weeks.
Footage of the incident was widely circulated on social media as they appeared to clash with a fellow shopper at the height of panic buying.
Treiza Bebawy, 60, and Meriam Bebawy, 23, were due to face Bankstown Local Court today on affray charges following an altercation at Woolworths in Chullora on March 7.
But the magistrate granted their lawyer’s request for a two-week postponement.
They are now scheduled to appear in court on May 12.