Signage at bottom of escalator near entrance to Woolworths, Canterbury Rd, Blackburn South, 25th May 2020. The signs and notices provide information on limiting customer numbers in store, social distancing and zero tolerance for abusing staff.

This photograph was taken during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Melbourne in 2020. It references the public health strategies that were in place to reduce the risk of infection with the virus for staff and customers. These strategies included social distancing as a key measure, perspex safety screens, cashless payment and hand hygiene.

It also evokes the residual effects of the panic buying that took place between late February and the start of May as Australians sought to come to grips with the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. This panic buying led supermarkets to change their opening hours, apply purchase limits on particular products and promote courteous behaviour from shoppers. Some stores even brought in security guards to maintain respectful customer behaviour. Many of the strategies to manage customer behaviour were still in place in mid-May when this photograph was taken.

Further panic buying happened in June-July 2020 when a second lockdown happened in Victoria due to a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Signage at bottom of escalator outside entrance to supermarket, on wall.

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Digital colour photograph.

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