Supermarkets in Melbourne Will Be Open in Line With Curfew

Australian Associated Press is an Australian news agency.
August 2, 2020Updated: August 3, 2020

Supermarkets in Melbourne will be open in line with the city’s new 8 p.m. curfew and product limits will remain.

At Coles, the last customer will be allowed in at 7.30 p.m. every night and all stores will close at 7.45 p.m., unless a store’s existing trading hours already specify an earlier closing time.

The hours will apply to all Coles supermarkets, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, First Choice and First Choice Liquor Market stores.

Coles Express will remain open at its usual hours.

Product limits are also in place after panic buying returned during speculation of the tighter lockdown.

At Coles, further product limits have been introduced on meat products – only two packets of mince meat, chicken breasts and chicken thighs can be purchased per customer.

At Woolworths, limits are in place for a range of products including staples such as toilet paper, paper towel, bleach, pasta, flour, canned vegetables and eggs.

Under Melbourne’s stage four lockdown, people cannot leave their homes between 8pm and 5am unless it is for work, medical care and care-giving.

Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day, within a five kilometre limit, unless the closest store is beyond that distance.