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How WA retailers reacted to snap lockdown

Consumers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on essentials. Image: Bigstock.
If there was one word to describe the first 24 hours following the announcement of Western Australia’s (WA) five day lockdown, ‘panic’ might be the most appropriate. And not just from consumers.  When the WA government announced the lockdown on Sunday night, there was no specific mention of retail, leading to mass confusion as to which businesses had to open or close, according to Paul Zahra, CEO of the Australian Retailers Association (ARA). The following day, WA Premier Mark McGowan