Panic-buying hits regional NSW ahead of lockdown

Several supermarkets across regional NSW already have long lines of shoppers with loaded trolleys, despite authorities urging people not to panic-buy as the state is plunged into a snap lockdown.

Under new public health orders for every region of NSW, which came into effect from 5pm, supermarkets and grocers are among dozens of essential businesses which will remain open, as always, during the lockdown.

But immediately after the state-wide lockdown was announced, photos and video began emerging on social media from stores across the state with people loading up trolleys in packed supermarkets.

https://twitter.com/emilybarton1211/status/1426417768216227842?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwCoffs Harbour panic-buying

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National MP and Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said she understood people in regional areas are disappointed with the disruption to normal life, but the actions by NSW Health are necessary.

"Please can I assure you this decision has not been taken lightly and is intended to prevent transmission of COVID-19 into our region and across NSW," Ms Pavey said on her official Facebook page.

"Please remember, supermarkets will remain open.

"People will be able to get groceries as per usual throughout the week. There is absolutely no need to panic buy, stock-up or rush to the stores."

In footage provided to 9News, the Woolworths store in Ulladulla on the state's South Coast was packed with lines full at every register this afternoon.

Ulla Dulla panic-buying

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At the Woolworths store in Jindabyne, near the Snowy Mountains, lines went out the door, stretching all the way around to the main square outside.

At Bathurst, in the Central Tablelands, shoppers were also seen packed in aisles – seemingly unable to socially distance due to the number of people clearing the shelves.

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