Peak Brisbane: Hundreds of people are seen queueing in a street from 5am during Brisbane’s lockdown – but it’s not to get vaxxed
- Brisbanites queued around block to get their hands on world-renowned pastries
- Long lines were pictured outside the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane
- Punters hoping to try famous croissants lined-up from 5.30am for grand opening
- Police officers seen patrolling street to ensure customers were wearing masks
Hundreds of hungry Brisbanites have queued for hours to get their hands on a world-famous croissant as the city endures a strict seven-day Covid lockdown.
Long lines of pastry fans were pictured outside the Lune Croissanterie store in South Brisbane as staff opened its doors for the first time on Thursday morning.
At one point the queue stretched for more than 350m down Manning Street and around the block.
Punters hoping to try the famous croissants – which are widely touted by food critics as among the best in the world – queued from as early 5.30am to be first in line for the grand opening at 7.30am.
Pictured: A long line of customers outside the Lune Croissanterie in Brisbane on Thursday. The queue stretched for more than 350m down the street and around the block at one point as the world-renowned bakery opened its first branch in the city
Punters outside the Lune Croissanterie on Thursday. Police patrolled the street to ensure customers were wearing masks and social distancing
Police officers were patrolling the street to ensure customers were following social distancing rules in line and wearing masks properly, The Courier-Mail reported.
One resident said he confused the bakery line for a Covid-19 testing site at first.
‘Turns out its more than 100 people queuing during lockdown for a croissant!’ one Twitter user wrote.
The Queensland capital’s two million residents are five days into an extended lockdown to stem an outbreak of the highly-contagious Delta variant.
Residents in 11 LGAs including Brisbane and the Gold Coast can only leave home for an essential reason and must wear a mask in outdoor spaces.
The bakery chain was founded in Melbourne and its flagship store in the city regularly has long queues at opening time.
Lune’s co-founder Kate Reid said staff were told to give customers outside the Brisbane branch clear instructions about social distancing requirements.
‘We’ve got staff stationed down the line setting the expectation of how customers will need to interact with the line in order to get served,’ she said.
A Lune customer poses with her purchases from the bakery on Thursday as other pastry fans queue behind her
‘We have also liaised with the police to check with them if they had any problems.
‘We showed them our plan and invited them to come and check and they have been incredibly happy with what we’re doing.’
She said the bakery has more than a year of experience operating in Melbourne during Victoria’s first and second waves.
‘We take it super seriously because one case or one infection shuts it down, it costs us so we take it incredibly seriously,’ she said.
Pictured is one of the bakery’s pistachio and dark chocolate croissants. The bakery chain was founded in Melbourne and its flagship store in the city regularly has long queues at opening time
Ms Reid decided to open a bakery in Australia while enjoying a breakfast croissant when working in France.
‘I love baking, the science of it and being able to create something,’ she told news.com.au in 2017.
‘Even then, it was apparent to me that the croissant was not a simple baked product. There was clearly some science behind making a really good product.’