TOILET paper is once again flying off the shelves in supermarkets around Dubbo, but residents are being told there is no need to 'panic buy'.
Supermarkets in Dubbo are seeing increased demand for toilet paper, with some reintroducing limits on the number of items that can be purchased in a transaction.
The demand comes as parts of Victoria have been recording increased numbers of new COVID-19 cases due to suburb outbreaks.
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Dubbo Ashcrofts IGA store manager Pat O'Neill said he had noticed shoppers getting 'that extra one packet a week', but hadn't seen anyone coming in purchasing 'trolley loads'.
"It's more that they know they will need it on next week's shopping list so they're getting it a bit earlier which then puts more pressure on the factories to try to get things into the stores quicker," Mr O'Neill said.
Mr O'Neill said there's plenty to go around as long as people just stick to buying what they normally buy.
"The factories will produce what they can sell, so if everybody starts buying more than all of the sudden they need to produce it quicker, which they can't do, so then it just puts them behind for a little bit," he said.
"Don't panic, it will still be there next week if everyone just relaxes."
Mr O'Neill said some lines of toilet paper are still at a shortage from the last round of panic buying following the COVID-19 outbreak.
"There is a small supply issue still on some lines of toilet paper still, it's just companies catching up.
"We have plenty of other options though. You may not get the specific brand that you wanted but their are others you will be able to buy."
Unlike other supermarkets around the city, Mr O'Neill said they hadn't noticed people stocking up on other supplies, other than the toilet paper.
"I have no idea why it always seems to be the first thing to go."
Mr O'Neill said for the most part everything has been pretty good.
"The customers have been good and our staff have also been really good. We are trying to do the best we can to keep everything fully stocked."