After more than three months of being in a hard lockdown, many Melbourne residents embraced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday night with their shopping bags at the ready for some solid retail therapy.
Once the rules relaxed at 11:59pm, people were already lined up outside their local Kmart store to feel some sense of normality through bargain buys that they’ve missed since Victoria went into a second-wave lockdown in early July.
Overnight videos and images have emerged online of the shopping frenzy, sparking plenty of reactions on Twitter. While some celebrated the new freedom, others questioned if social distancing was really possible, and then there were others who poked fun at people’s eagerness to shop at midnight.
just saw this on tiktok... Bruh i know how amazing Kmart is but maaaaaan we’re gonna get wave 3 if y’all keep this up 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/W79FLmOk3v
— :-( (@tomnookid) October 27, 2020
Wow that’s crazy.
People never needed to book to go to Kmart before. Now it feels like we’re members of this exclusive posh club. Hehe 😎 pic.twitter.com/jpaNGdiQlf
— Daniel Richardson AKA DaniMacYo (@DaniMacYo) October 27, 2020
Omg Kmart is a nightmare, just so many people with no social distancing what so ever
— 🐋 ᴮᴱHOLLY ⁷🐋 (@purpletaedream) October 28, 2020
How was KMart last night, Melbourne?
You guys have been through the ringer. Have fun but be safe. Also, be nice to the retail staff. pic.twitter.com/jGGKsNKJjq
— DF (@Dean_Machine_) October 27, 2020
my local kmart was packed as soon as it hit midnight...yall missed it that much 💀💀💀 i mean damn i did too but its not going anywhere any time soon jjdfhdkjk
— ᴮᴱnosi⁷ (@namgiprintz) October 27, 2020
Good morning Melbourne! Here’s the first rush of Kmart shoppers! pic.twitter.com/Ies115jrxw
— Faeries and Ducklings 🍄🦆 (@HeidiSelkie) October 27, 2020