Gov’t urges residents to avoid stockpiling essential goods before Kompasu

As tropical storm Kompasu continues to move closer to the SAR, local authorities have urged residents to avoid ‘racing’ to supermarkets and stockpile an excessive amount of essential goods.

The Economic Services Bureau (DSE) and the Consumer Council (CC) highlighted that the current stock of essential goods in local supermarkets is “sufficient” and has been regularly replenished.

‘After having learned and done the comprehensive statistics with the suppliers, it appears that the stock of all types of food products is sufficient, namely cereals, edible oils, its supply is also stable and the respective merchandise has been arriving constantly,’ the two departments added.

‘On the other hand, in relation to canned foods and other household items, both their stock and their supply remain sufficient and stable’.

Regardless, authorities have demanded a total of 264 establishments from 16 supermarkets and department store chains to continue adopting temporary measures to restrict the purchase of all essential goods, while taking into account the situation of sales and demand, and proceed, as soon as possible, with the replenishment and replacement of these goods.

Tropical cyclone Kompasu is currently located about 550 km southeast of Macao and moving toward Hainan Island, with Signal No.3 expected to remain in effect this evening and could be hoisted sometime between this evening and the early hours of tomorrow, according to the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG).