With many locals preparing for the weeks ahead and supermarkets working to keep stocks on the shelves, local butchers are also feeling the pressure of demand.
Owner of L-Bo Butchery Josh Ball said they have been run off their feet over the past week to keep up their stock for locals.
"Because supermarkets have been cleared out, a lot of people have turned to butchers to get their meat," he said.
"I looked at the numbers for last week and we sold double what we usually would. Everyone is stocking up and we've had to keep up with the demand."
Josh also said he did an extra trip to Taree last week to get more supplies.
"It's been very busy and we're continually stocking up," he said.
With a number of businesses across Australia being ordered to shut their doors on March 23, Josh said L-Bo Butchery will keep theirs open for the community.
"It's what we do. We just have to be smarter about it and make sure we're prepared," he said.
"Small businesses like ours can't close because it's important to the community.
"People need to be able to eat and food products are a necessity, especially now with stocks getting low."
While L-Bo Butchery will stay open to the public, they have taken a number of proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers.
"We're ensuring the shop is kept clean and we're also keeping a safe distance from customers when they come in.
"I want to thank the boys who have been working really hard. We're doing our best," Josh said.