Woolworths stores across the ACT have introduced buying limits on toilet paper, amid reports of panic buying following the news of mandatory masks in the Territory.

As of Monday, customers are now limited to two packs of toilet paper per person.

Woolworths ACT General Manager, Michael Mackenzie said the limits help to ensure all customers have fair access to essential products.

“We have plenty of stock in our supply chain, and our team members will be hard at work making sure it flows into our stores in large volumes for our customers.”

“As always, we encourage our customers to be mindful of others in the community and buy only what they need.”

Customers took to social media on Sunday night to share what the shelves at their local supermarkets looked like.


Coles in Wanniassa [credit: Phillipa Hurst]

Coles hasn’t moved to introduce a similar limit for its Canberra stores yet but said that it is closely monitoring the situation.

During an interview with Channel 7 on Monday morning, Coles Acting Chief Operations Officer, Kevin Gunn said there’s plenty to go around.

“There is sufficient stock for everyone, our supply chains are very resilient and we continue to flow stock to all of those stores.”

Masks must now be worn in supermarkets right across the ACT with a mandate for their use indoors introduced overnight.

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