Woolworths and Coles have had to reintroduce the two-pack purchase on toilet paper and paper towels across Greater Sydney in response to panic buying sparked by the new COVID cluster.

The new surge in COVID cases sparked by the Northern Beaches cluster, has triggered many to panic buy toilet paper – again.

As a result, Woolworths and Coles have reinstated a purchase limit on toilet paper and hand towels for those in Greater Sydney.

Both supermarket giants will have a two-pack limit for both items to ensure all customers have equal access over the Christmas period.

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Woolworths Supermarkets New South Wales General Manager Michael Mackenzie, said the move was in response to a “steady increase in demand” for toilet paper across various parts of Sydney over 24 hours.

“While demand is nowhere near the levels we saw earlier this year, we’re taking a preventative step ahead of the busy pre-Christmas trade,” Mackenzie explained.

However, unlike earlier this year, Mackenzie assured there are no impacts of supply of both goods with the supermarket tripling toilet paper order volumes in NSW and is set to deliver more than 400,000 packs into stores across the state this week.

“We have plenty of toilet paper stock to draw on from our suppliers and it will continue to flow into stores in large volumes,” Mackenzie added.

“As an essential service, our supermarkets will remain open to support our customers’ grocery needs, so we encourage everyone to continue shopping as they usually would and only buy what they need.”

Woolworths said it will continue to monitor demand for the household items and hopefully be able to remove the limits as quickly as possible.

Coles also updated its policies earlier this week, announcing temporary restrictions for the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney and the Central Coast.

“We have temporarily placed a limit of two units per transaction on toilet paper and paper towel to ensure everyone has access to everyday essentials,” the supermarket announced.

“These temporary limits have been implemented at all Coles supermarkets within the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney & Central Coast regions.”

The same applies for online shopping services.

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