The coronavirus pandemic, ‘Dandemic’ in Victoria, has taught Australians just how bizarre their fellow brethren can be. Punch-ups and hair-pulling in supermarket aisles over toilet paper and hoarding of tinned foods and pasta, lots of pasta to go with the toilet paper. The cool cats laughed, until they fronted the shop for a roll or two of dunny paper to find the shelves bare. No one knew when stocks would be arriving—a month or two, maybe! Prepare now for another madness—a meat-rush! Life without a sausage, hell no? Plenty of dunny paper, though! Victorians may well have to sneak across the NSW border to strip local butcher shops of anything that “Mooo’s, or ‘Oinks’!” And, spread the virus! Do you think that will that happen?
Victoria faces meat shortages after the state government announced the number of workers allowed onsite at abattoirs and meatworks would be reduced by a third. Meat businesses will also have to prepare safety plans addressing the risks of any potential coronavirus outbreak, including staggered shift times. This would see abattoir workers donning medical-grade personal protective equipment and being regularly temperature checked, with the onus on businesses to ensure sick employees stay away. More