Local councils should immediately lift truck delivery curfews that are restricting the ability of supermarkets to restock.
This temporary measure will help supermarkets restock shelves and keep up with the increase in demand.
Many councils have curfews on truck delivery times. These restrictions are important to minimise noise and disruption to local residents.
To respond to the current surge in demand, expected to last for at least several weeks, it is important that local governments’ temporarily lift these curfews.
Importantly, this will help reduce panic buying and hoarding as people will regain confidence that all they need is available in the supermarket.
I have spoken directly to Woolworths and Coles and they view this as a genuine limitation to their ability to restock in many local government areas.
It is important that all levels of government – federal, state and local – all act together to stop panic buying and restore confidence.
WEDNESDAY, 18 MARCH, 2020
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