Major supermarkets will be cracking down on even stricter social distancing measures ahead of Easter to ensure the safety of staff and customers against the spread of COVID-19.
Woolworths and Coles will be limiting the number of customers allowed in store to prevent breaking social distancing guidelines during the Easter rush.
"In the coming week, Woolworths will be limiting the number of customers allowed in store from time to time to enable social distancing between customers," Woolworths said in a statement.
"The number of customers allowed in the store at any one time will be dependent on the size of the store."
Customers will be required to queue outside the store while the number of people allowed in will be managed using a "one in, one out policy".
The new measures will roll out next week. Local centre management security and police will manage the queues at peak times and enforce the 1.5m distancing rules.
A Coles video on its website says "we're limiting how many customers can be in the store, so we may ask you to queue when you arrive".
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, Claire Peters has urged customers to plan ahead to avoid chaos.
"While Easter won't be the same this year, we know Australian families will still want to maintain traditions in the new normal environment," she said.
"Traditionally, the Thursday in the lead up to Easter is one of our busiest times in-store. We ask our customers to pre-plan their Easter shopping to avoid the usual Thursday spike in numbers."
Ms Peters this morning told Today the customer limits have already been trialled in a number stores.
"The best feedback we had from both customers and team was that they felt relaxed, more calmer and more safer," she said.
Shopping hours will also be extended in the majority of stores.
"I'd really like to reassure our customers that we are extending our opening hours next week until 10pm in nearly all of our stores so people can plan their shop, which suits them most easily."
Woolworths also announced they would be switching on their 'Pick-Up' service on Monday for Priority Assistance customers with family members, neighbours or friends able to collect goods on their behalf.