Forget toilet paper and booze: South Australians are panic buying MEAT with major butchers forced to place limits on how much their customers can buy
South Australian butchers have been hit by extreme panic buying as customers bought up five days worth of product in hours.
Meat merchants in the Adelaide Hills are scrambling to restock their fridges to feed hungry consumers as South Australia goes into lockdown.
Thousands of shoppers flocked to stores and supermarkets across Adelaide before a six-day hard lockdown began on Wednesday at 11.59pm.
Panic buying measures forced Jo Dunn from Dunn's of Woodside butchersto implement a 2kg restriction on meat purchases for customers.
'What a day. Our stock levels are exhausted (just like us!),' Ms Dunn said on Wednesday evening.
'It’ll take us awhile to restock and get our display half reasonable so please don’t come in the morning as you’ll be disappointed.'
Dunn's of Woodside along withMeat at the Mount in Mount Compass and Mount Pleasant Butchers sold five days worth of meat on Wednesday alone.
Butchers are an essential service and will remain open during South Australia's lockdown, leaving many butchers confused at the amount of bulk buying from customers.
'What a whirlwind! A reminder we are open and after another crazy day, we’re well stocked!' Ms Dunn posted online.
'We’ve got plenty so no need too panic.'
Katie Gooden from Mount Pleasant Butchers told Adelaide Now nearly every customer was panic buying.
'We didn't have one customer who bought anything under $200 as everyone was bulk buying,' she said.
'It’s pretty crazy as we’re open again today and will be in the days ahead, so there was no need for it.
'But in a way it was good as we had so much stock due to cancellations from cafes and so on which had to close due to restrictions.'
Butchers urged customers to look into delivery options to avoid overcrowding stores, which could potentially be a coronavirus risk.
Essential groceries such as toilet paper have flown off the shelves across the state with Coles supermarkets forced to impose a two-packet limit across South Australia.
Adelaide was sent into one of the world's strictest lockdowns after the Parafield cluster in the city's north grew to 23 cases on Wednesday.
There were no additional infections reported on Thursday morning.
But chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said 17 additional cases are being treated as positive infections, but they are still waiting on official test results.
Weddings and funerals are banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks are required outside the home.
People are only allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries or to seek a Covid-19 test or other medical treatment.
Only supermarkets, petrol stations, medical centres, critical infrastructure, public transport, airport and freight services, banks, post offices, school and childcare for essential workers and veterinary services are allowed to stay open.
There are 35 active Covd-19 infections across the state.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the six-day period would be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions.