Hours before Brisbane goes into a hard lockdown for three days, people have been spotted panic-buying and queueing for miles to get into supermarkets, even though grocery shopping is one of the allowable reasons to leave the house during the weekend’s lockdown.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this morning that the Greater Brisbane area is to enter into a three-day lockdown from 6pm Friday after a confirmed case of the highly infectious UK coronavirus strain was discovered in the Queensland capital.

Like clockwork, frantic Brisbane folks have flocked to their nearest supermarkets to stock up for the long weekend of staying inside, causing massive lines and general chaos in shops.

After the lockdown announcement was made, and the queues began to form at stores and shopping centres across the city, Queensland Health had to issue a strong reminder to Brisbane residents that panic-buying wasn’t necessary. The lockdown rules state that residents are allowed to leave their homes for grocery shopping – which is an essential need – during the stay-at-home orders.

Annastacia Palaszczuk echoed QLD Health, urging everyone to calm the fuck down and just bung a mask on when leaving the house for essentials over the weekend.

As the panic to stock up for the next couple of days ripples through the city (seriously, you do not need to do this) the anxiety of people failing to socially-distance and wear masks while shopping has also set in, giving fears that the lockdown may be extended.

I’m not sure whether half of Brisbane is planning to spend the next three days with their asses glued to the toilet, but it’s safe to say nobody really needs three months worth of toot roll for a three-day lockdown. We’ve been through this over and over again; there is no need to panic buy.

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