Flamboyant Adelaide supermarket boss gives hilarious interview on coronavirus panic shoppers

A flamboyant Adelaide supermarket boss has given a hilarious interview in response to coronavirus panic buyers. 

Thousands of shoppers flocked to supermarkets across Adelaide after a a six-day hard lockdown was declared on Wednesday at 11.59pm.   

John-Paul Drake, the director of Drakes Supermarkets chain, urged shoppers to keep their cool on Thursday morning after shelves were stripped bare. 

‘It’s pretty clear everyone just needs to calm the farm,’ he told Sunrise. 

A flamboyant supermarket boss in Adelaide has urged shoppers to 'calm the farm' and stop panic buying after shelves were stripped bare (supermarket queue pictured on Wednesday)

A flamboyant supermarket boss in Adelaide has urged shoppers to ‘calm the farm’ and stop panic buying after shelves were stripped bare (supermarket queue pictured on Wednesday) 

Panic shopping (bare shelves pictured) was sparked after Adelaide was sent into a strict six-day lockdown on Wednesday in response to a growing cluster in the city's north

Panic shopping (bare shelves pictured) was sparked after Adelaide was sent into a strict six-day lockdown on Wednesday in response to a growing cluster in the city's north

Panic shopping (bare shelves pictured) was sparked after Adelaide was sent into a strict six-day lockdown on Wednesday in response to a growing cluster in the city’s north 

‘The reality is we’re open every single day, we’re open normal trading hours and maybe even extended hours if possible. 

‘So we’ve told people that we just need to calm down,’ Mr Drake explained. 

Essential groceries such as toilet paper have flown off the shelves with Coles supermarkets imposed a two-packet limit across South Australia.     

Mr Drake has also made an impassioned plea for South Australians to avoid panic buying toilet paper in a comedic rant on Twitter. 

‘I need to address the state of “Radelaide”. We need everyone to just calm the farm,’ he said. 

‘I can tell you there is enough toilet paper in our distribution centre to go from here, end on end, to the Space X Rocket that got launched the other day. 

‘There is so much toilet paper you don’t need to be buying this in bulk, just buy household quantities.’  

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. 

John-Paul Drake (pictured), the director of Drakes Supermarkets chain, told shoppers there was enough toilet paper to reach 'to the Space X Rocket that got launched the other day'

John-Paul Drake (pictured), the director of Drakes Supermarkets chain, told shoppers there was enough toilet paper to reach 'to the Space X Rocket that got launched the other day'

John-Paul Drake (pictured), the director of Drakes Supermarkets chain, told shoppers there was enough toilet paper to reach ‘to the Space X Rocket that got launched the other day’

Adelaide shoppers were forced to wait in long queues (pictured) to enter the supermarkets  on Wednesday

Adelaide shoppers were forced to wait in long queues (pictured) to enter the supermarkets  on Wednesday

Adelaide shoppers were forced to wait in long queues (pictured) to enter the supermarkets  on Wednesday

The harsh lockdown will see all schools will close along with universities, pubs, cafes, food courts and takeaway outlets (Adelaide residents lining up at Coles pictured above)

The harsh lockdown will see all schools will close along with universities, pubs, cafes, food courts and takeaway outlets (Adelaide residents lining up at Coles pictured above)

The harsh lockdown will see all schools will close along with universities, pubs, cafes, food courts and takeaway outlets (Adelaide residents lining up at Coles pictured above) 

Weddings and funerals will also be banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks will be required outside the home (pictured, a queue outside Woolworths Wednesday)

Weddings and funerals will also be banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks will be required outside the home (pictured, a queue outside Woolworths Wednesday)

Weddings and funerals will also be banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks will be required outside the home (pictured, a queue outside Woolworths 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 results.

All schools will close along with universities, pubs, cafes, food courts and even takeaway food outlets will shut up shop.   

Regional travel will be banned and visitors will be locked out of aged care centres and the residents will be unable to leave.

People will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries (shoppers queuing outside Woolworths) or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment

People will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries (shoppers queuing outside Woolworths) or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment

People will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries (shoppers queuing outside Woolworths) or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment

There are currently 35 active COVID-19 infections across the state (shoppers pictured)

There are currently 35 active COVID-19 infections across the state (shoppers pictured)

There are currently 35 active COVID-19 infections across the state (shoppers pictured) 

The six-day period is expected to be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions (pictured, queues in Adelaide on Wednesday)

The six-day period is expected to be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions (pictured, queues in Adelaide on Wednesday)

The six-day period is expected to be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions (pictured, queues in Adelaide on Wednesday)

Factories will close, along with the construction industry, and elective surgery will cease.  

Weddings and funerals will be banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks will be required outside the home.

People will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment.

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 will be allowed to stay open. 

There are 35 active COVID-19 infections across the state.   

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the six-day period would be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions. 

Panic-buying erupts across South Australia as the state goes into covid lockdown with fears supermarkets could run out of stock

BY CHARLIE MOORE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA 

Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown.  

As it was announced at about 1pm, Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies. 

South Australia police chief Grant Stevens said panic buying was not necessary but admitted he expected it to happen. 

Shoppers stocked up on food at as soon as the announcement was made. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide

Shoppers stocked up on food at as soon as the announcement was made. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide

Shoppers stocked up on food at as soon as the announcement was made. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide

Lines of shoppers desperate to stock up were seen outside several stores around the South Australian capital. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide

Lines of shoppers desperate to stock up were seen outside several stores around the South Australian capital. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide

Lines of shoppers desperate to stock up were seen outside several stores around the South Australian capital. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide

Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown

Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown

Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown

He has put police on ‘stand-by’ to deal with any ‘civil disorder’ at stores. 

‘I don’t think people will listen and I do think people will flood the supermarkets,’ he said. 

‘If you are going shopping, think about other people, treat each other with respect and kindness, we are all in the same boat and think of those who are working on the supermarkets, doing it tough and they will be inundated over the next few days and if we have to take action to protect those people, then we will do so.’

Premier Marshall urged residents not to panic buy, saying: ‘There is no point going off to the supermarket this afternoon.

‘Supermarkets and the supply lines will be remaining open.’

Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies. Pictured: Empty shelves in Adelaide

Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies. Pictured: Empty shelves in Adelaide

Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies. Pictured: Empty shelves in Adelaide

 

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