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Victorians will now be restricted to two packs of toilet paper per person after supermarket giant Coles imposed a new lockdown limit.

Victorians will now be restricted to two packs of toilet paper per person after supermarket giant Coles imposed a new lockdown limit.

The decision came amid a surge of panic buying that preceded the state's midnight entry into a new seven-day COVID-19 lockdown.

Coles told 9News that there was no issue with supply, but that the limits had been imposed due to high demand.

READ MORE: Victoria wakes to first morning of new lockdown

"We have plenty of stock in our supply chain, and this temporary measure will help us to manage demand so that we can return our stores to a fully-stocked position as quickly as possible," a spokesperson said.

"We ask that customers stay calm, shop normally and be respectful to our hard-working team members."

Empty supermarket shelves in Melbourne.

Shelves were emptied across Victoria ahead of the new lockdown, despite authorities maintaining that panic-buying and stockpiling were not necessary.

As of 11.59pm yesterday, until 11.59pm on June 3, Victorians have only five reasons to leave home.

The "circuit-breaker" lockdown has been put in place following a new outbreak of rapidly-spreading COVID-19 in Melbourne.

READ MORE: Bunnings among 150 venues added to Melbourne exposure sites list

The decision has not been well-received by all, with protests over the lockdown taking place outside Flinders Street Station overnight.

As the number of exposure sites passed 150 and contact tracers linked 10,000 primary and close contacts to the cluster, Acting Premier James Merlino said yesterday "very strong advice" from public officials had compelled a statewide lockdown.

"No one wants to be in this position, but I think the community also understands that we've got to follow public health advice," he said.

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"We've seen overseas what happens if this thing gets away. We must follow public health advice.

"My view is that as tough as this is for everyone, I think people appreciate that we just got to do this."

It is believed the lockdown could cost Victoria more than $1 billion, especially with the removal of JobKeeper support.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-lockdown-toilet-paper-limits-amid-panic-buying/e33b4cdf-e393-44cc-83d8-50360a3a4cbb

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