Australian supermarkets have issued a joint statement telling shoppers to be considerate and to reinforce that the safety of staff will always be their number one priority.
Woolworths, IGA, Aldi and Coles have asked shoppers to only buy what they need and stick to product limits during these difficult circumstances.
At a Perth press conference this morning, premier Mark McGowan said people are acting like “jerks, drongos and bloody idiots out in our shopping centres.”
“We are all as appalled as each other and the way people are behaving,” the premier said.
“I urge them to stop, have respect for each other.
“Stop this panic buying, this violence, this stupidity.
“There’s plenty of food to go around but when you do this you stop the most venerable from getting food and you also potentially endanger people’s safety.
“It needs to stop now.”
Mr McGowan also said the police commissioner was placing more officers in shopping centres both metro and regional.
It comes after Skeer Media revealed that a 13-year-old girl was trampled on at a Baldivis Coles on Tuesday.
Some other key points announced by premier Mark McGowan at the conference:
- Western Australians urged not to panic.
- That the state is in this situation for the long haul (at least six months).
- A level 4 travel advisory has been issued which means Australian’s are not to go overseas or get travel insurance.
- Airlines are reducing international flights.
- Australians out of the country are urged to come home now.
- Non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people are not permitted.
- Interstate travel should be avoided if it’s not essential.
- Remote and aboriginal communities are at threat and rules will be drafted up to stop people from going in and out.
- There’s a national agreement which includes the chief medical officers and all premiers that schools should remain open.
- Parents keeping their children at home if they’re not sick are not advised to do so.
- If a COVID-19 is detected within a school community then it will be worked on as a case by case basis.
- People under the age of 16 are not permitted in age care facilities unless it is a final stages of life situation.
Key points announced by WA health minister Roger Cook:
- This morning there’s been four new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- Three males and one female all adults.
- WA is still experiencing a low number of cases.
- Healthcare workers are the backbone of the health industry.
- There will soon be dedicated hubs with dedicated resources in hospitals and a hotline for health staff for information on COVID-19.
- Call to arms for healthcare workers to step forward have had a good response.