Dan Murphy’s is limiting the purchase of wine to 18 bottles and three casks of wine as hoarders turn their attention from toilet paper to alcohol.
Managing director Alex Freudmann said, “We know it’s a challenging time for many people and remain committed to providing the service you expect from Dan’s.”
He said the temporary restrictions on wine, beer, cider and spirits were “to ensure everyone can assess the drinks they love”.
Some Dan Murphy’s stores have hired security guards – which normally occurs in the lead-up to Christmas.
They have also introduced floor markings around the registers to help customers maintain the 1.5 metre distance.
Freudmann said there would be no tolerance for aggressive behaviour.
“We appreciate your kindness to our team and to each other.”
Dan Murphy’s is also asking customers to avoid cash payments.
Meanwhile Australian wineries are working overtime to sell wine direct to customers as the lockdown itensifies.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has announced that cafes, restaurants, small bars and local clubs will be able to sell takeaway liquor.
“We will do whatever we can to support local businesses who are experiencing, or will experience, a downturn during the coronavirus pandemic,” he says.