Woolworths is introducing more product limits and bringing nurses for staff to Melbourne coronavirus hotspots.
From Friday, there will be a purchase limit of two items of 18 products, including iced vegetables, bread crumbs, cold fresh milk, pre-packaged sausage and burger patties, as well as tissue.
The bans are above the limits announced by Wolwarts and Coles last week in a host of several products after a review of panic purchases at some Melbourne supermarkets.
Coles on Thursday made a similar decision to extend the purchase ban at its Victorian, Tasmanian and several NSW outlets in the south – blaming the supply chain issue after compressing six workers’ coronavirus at its distribution center west of Melbourne.
Woolworth said it would place nurses in hotspot stores, distribution centers and online customer fulfillment centers.
All staff at these sites will be subject to mandatory temperature checks.
“We want to reassure everyone in Victoria that our distribution center, customer online fulfillment center and our supermarkets are open and will continue to be a necessary service for customers and the community dependent on them,” said Claire Peters, managing director.
“If you live in a hotspot area, we encourage you to consider your grocery shopping online if possible. Together with our on-demand courier partners, we have been able to fulfill several thousand additional orders each week.
The company said it has opened several thousand delivery slots for people in the hotspot suburb to use.
Woolworths has extended his weak team waiver right to July 29, so those workers only return to work when it is safe to do so.
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