Woolworths and Coles’ limits on toilet paper and paper towels has been reinstated in their stores nationwide following a recent surge in panic-buying.

Woolies customers would be allowed to buy two packets of toilet paper and two packets of paper towels nationwide.

Coles customers, including Coles Express, would be limited to one pack of toilet paper and one pack of paper towels each.

Both policies are effective immediately.

“We’ve regrettably started to see elevated demand for toilet roll move outside Victoria in the past 24 hours,” Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters said.

“While the demand is not at the same level as Victoria, we’re taking preventative action now to get ahead of any excessive buying this weekend.

“We have plenty of stock for all of us, so we encourage our customers to buy only what they need and think of others in the community as they shop this weekend… if customers already have enough toilet roll at home, there is no need to buy more.”


She added that the sooner they see buying patterns return to normal levels, the quicker they’ll wind back the limits.