Brisbane lockdown sparks more panic buying

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It took less than two hours from the announcement of an impending lockdown for signs of panic buying to emerge in Brisbane.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's advice that there was no need to crowd supermarkets went unheeded as pictures of busy shops around Brisbane filled social media.

"Please don't rush out and panic buy. The supermarkets are full of supplies and will operate as per usual," Ms Palaszczuk tweeted on Monday.

"Groceries and essentials will still be available while we're in lockdown."

A queue stretched around the corner at Woolworths Montague Markets in West End at about 10am on Monday, less than two hours after it was announced Greater Brisbane would go into lockdown at 5pm.

Product limits will apply in Woolworths stores in Greater Brisbane from Monday afternoon.

Panic buying is an understandable response at times when people feel things are out of their control, National Recovery Adviser with Australian Red Cross, Kate Brady, said.

"Rather than that more realistic thought of 'actually I don't need toilet paper for the next three days', you start thinking about 'but what if?'" she said.

"People feel like things are really out of their control and so you try and do what's in your control."

While there can be a natural reaction to 'ramp up' when adrenaline hits, Dr Brady said people should look at how they can scale down and concentrate on things within their control.

"Think about what do you enjoy, what makes you feel good, what makes you feel hopeful, what makes you feel calm," she said.

Gardening, cooking, catching up on books and movies and spending more time with children are all lockdown-friendly activities, and Dr Brady advised those who really like to feel in control to make a list of activities they can check off.

Uncertainty on whether Easter holiday plans will be possible would also be playing on people's minds, she said.

"That falls into that bucket of things that are currently out of your control, so plan for the three days ... and reassess when you need to," she said.

For those who are feeling overwhelmed, Dr Brady said it was important to reach out to friends or formal services.

"Particularly if you're feeling like you're by yourself during this, those feelings can escalate really quickly, so reach out," she said.

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