The PM has bluntly told Australians to stop hoarding among a raft of other restrictive measures to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Scott Morrison cautioned the changes to daily life will be a long-haul measure, with the government expecting the virus crisis will roll on for at least six months.

Mr Morrison said the new restrictions did not mean Australians should be panicking and certainly not stripping supermarket shelves bare.

“Stop hoarding,” he said.

“I can’t be more blunt about it – stop it.”

“It is not sensible; it is not helpful and it has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis.”

He added that there was no need to be hoarding groceries or other supplies.


“There is no reason for people to be hoarding supplies in fear of a lockdown or anything like this. We’re putting in place scalable and sustainable measures.”

  • TRAVEL – Australians are not allowed to travel anywhere in the world.
  • GATHERINGS – Indoor gatherings of 100 or more are now banned.
  • SCHOOLS – To remain open with no assemblies, regular hand washing, and strict bans on sick students and teachers.
  • AGED CARE FACILITIES – Only one daily visit of at most two people per resident is allowed.

with AAP