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Tasmanian Coles supermarkets restrict sales of toilet paper, face masks

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Coles has reinstated a number of product limits in its supermarkets, express stores and online shopping in Tasmania, after the state entered a snap three-day lockdown on Friday.

Customers are only able to purchase two packs of toilet paper and face masks at its Bridgewater, Eastlands, New Town, Sandy Bay, Kingston and Sorell stores, and both staff and customers are required to wear masks at all times.

The snap lockdown is planned to end on Monday night, though the mask mandate will remain, and Coles hasn’t clarified when it will lift product limitations.

“We will continue to monitor product availability and ask that customers only buy what they need to help ensure everyone has access to food and everyday essentials,” Coles’ state general manager for Victoria and Tasmania Claire Lauber said.

“We have well-established safety protocols based on what we have implemented in previous lockdowns to ensure our customers and team can feel safe in our stores.

“We appreciate our customers for their patience and for treating our team members with respect.”

Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein said the state hasn’t recorded a new case of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, and that the mask mandate will remain in place until at least Friday, when it will be reviewed.

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