Police have spent much of the day checking the identity and addresses of customers outside the Coles store in the Bacchus Marsh Village shopping centre.

The officers – working as a pair – are believed to be from outside Bacchus Marsh and working as part of Operation Sentinel.

Metropolitan Coles stores are subject to a list of product limits, while regional stores  – including Bacchus Marsh – are not.

A spokesperson for Coles Australia they had not requested a police presence, and had no control over ID checks outside the supermarket.

Reports have also filtered in of people caught without photo ID. One woman said she used a utility bill to prove where she lived. Another customer came to the store by bus and was not carrying a drivers licence.

Victoria Police continues to assist the Chief Health Officer in enforcing the new stage 3 restrictions for metropolitan…

Posted by Eyewatch – Moorabool Police Service Area on Wednesday, 8 July 2020

## Meanwhile Coles Chief Executive Steven Cain said extra cleaning was being carried out in high-contact areas including trolley handles, baskets, checkouts, self-serve areas and pin-pads. Perspex screens have also been installed at checkouts.

“We ask all customers not to enter a store if they are unwell, to wash hands before going shopping and to make use of the sanitiser station located at the front of every store, “ he said.

“We would also encourage you to use our Coles product-finder app.

“Please continue to treat our team members with respect and only purchase the products you need.”

As we continue the fight against COVID-19, the health and well being of our customers, staff and the local community is…

Posted by The Village Bacchus Marsh on Wednesday, 8 July 2020

** Metropolitan Coles supermarkets, Coles Online and Coles Express stores (in areas such as Melton and Wyndham) are subject to product limits:

Toilet Paper  

Fresh White Milk  
Chicken Breast 
Long-life milk    
Chicken Thigh   
Chilled Pasta     
Frozen Vegetables         
Mince Meat      
Frozen Fruit      
Frozen Chips     
Frozen Desserts             
Hand Sanitiser  
Paper Towels    
Liquid Soaps     

Coles is updating news on its stores at https://www.coles.com.au/covid19

 ## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000

UPDATE DAILY STATS: Thursday 9/07/2020

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