So panic buying is back.
Yes, just when you thought it was safe to go down to the local shops and grab a couple of packs of 2 ply or a packet of pasta, the hoarders have returned.
And who do we blame for this?
Yes, once again, just like last week, it’s Victoria’s fault.
I was a bit surprised on two counts when I did my shopping on Saturday afternoon.
I had hoped we on the EP would be smarter than to engage in the panic buying of the big cities.
But part of me expected to see the shelves stripped bare nonetheless.
So I was pleasantly underwhelmed when I saw the cheap generic brands sold out, with the expensive brands remaining.
Good to see that if we are going to bulk buy for no real reason right now, we’re not going to waste money doing it.
On the topic of wasting money, who do we approach in Victoria to demand payment for shutting down the economy?
Even NSW, which has fought against border closures hard and long during the crisis, is now putting plans in place to close off the Victorian border, while Premier Gladys Berejiklian has advised interacting with anyone from Victoria.
I would’ve thought that was sound advice in general, pandemic or not.
But it begs the question of what cost is being borne nationally when some people just ignore the problem at hand.
Our borders are due to re-open in full on July 20, just in time to miss the school holiday rush from NSW, Victoria and the ACT to gradually manage a re-opening of the tourist economy.
However, right now, with NSW having almost all its active cases due to returned travellers, which is what our Premier is warning of when international students return and SA is expected to experience a spike, the question is of what to do with the one state where they have no control.
Daniel Andrews recently asked, sarcastically, why anyone from Victoria would want to visit South Australia.
Turns out the question might be moot if the SA Government decides to put up the house full signs along the Vic border.