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Panic buying

Coronavirus pandemic.

Some shelves remained empty this morning after a wave of panic buying swept across Gisborne's two major supermarkets yesterday.

One mother from Motu told The Gisborne Herald she was buying in bulk because her two sons were at boarding school and she had a feeling they would be sent home soon in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions.

Limits have been placed on certain items at Pak'nSave, with basics like flour, sugar and toilet paper rationed to three per customer.

Packets of pasta were limited to four per customer and cans of baked beans and spaghetti were limited to six.

Pak'nSave also opened a checkout lane specifically for the elderly this morning.

At Countdown, similar items were unable to be restocked fast enough to keep up with demand. However, pasta, flour, toilet paper and nappies were in short supply.

The panic buying appeared to be contagious, said one Countdown customer, who had only popped in for a couple of things before she decided to stock up as well.

A grandmother said she was buying extra for her mokopuna in case they had to do 14 days of self-isolation.

Frozen vegetable were going out the door fast as well, with freezers being stocked as quickly as they were emptied.

Countdown is continuing with its online orders although there is a wait of one to two days for delivery.

EMPTY SHELVES: Pak'nSave has put a limit on certain goods after a wave of customers at Gisborne's two main supermarkets yesterday. It includes flour, sugar, toilet paper, cans of baked beans and spaghetti, and pasta. Pictures supplied
FULL TROLLEY: Just one example of a loaded trolley at Pak'nSave yesterday. People were stocking up their pantries in case a period of self-isolation was required in the Covid-19 pandemic.