Normality returns to supermarkets

From tomorrow (27 May) all product buying restrictions at Coles will be lifted. 206980 Picture: ROB CAREW

The end to altered supermarket shopping conditions due to Covid-19 is in sight, with Coles announcing the end to product restrictions this week.

From tomorrow (27 May) all product buying restrictions at Coles will be lifted so customers can buy unlimited items of products such as flour, pasta, rice, toilet paper, liquid soap and hand sanitiser.

It comes after product restrictions were put in place at the beginning of the pandemic, on up to 24 products due to panic buying and stripped supermarket shelves.

Antibacterial wipes and liquid soap are the final products to have buying limits removed.

A Coles spokesperson said the company hoped having no buying restrictions would make life easier for customers following what has been “a challenging time for many.”

“We would like to thank our customers for their ongoing patience and our team for their incredible work to help us reach a new normal in shopping,” the spokesperson said.

“We are also grateful to our suppliers and logistics partners who helped restock our shelves and the state and federal governments who helped us to get deliveries to stores as quickly as possible during the height of the crisis.

“It’s very important that we all continue to work together and follow government guidelines in store to maintain social distancing. The safety of our team and customers remains our biggest focus as we continue to get through this together as a community.”

Customers can still only buy four tins of baby formula per transaction as this was in place prior to Covid-19.