- Some grocery store shelves at stores across the Montreal area are emptying as coronavirus panic spreads.
- Reports indicate, however, that there are no supply shortages.
- The shelves are only empty because of a spike in demand.
If you're looking for toilet paper at your local grocery store today, you might be out of luck. Because coronavirus panic continues to spread across Montreal, store shelves stand empty as the public lines up to hoard supplies. On Thursday, the Quebec government put multiple measures in place to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, such as banning indoor public gatherings of more than 250 people.
Many shelves in Montreal are devoid of essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
The lineups at Costco Friday morning were also impressive. Dozens of people were seen lining up before the store opened.
Inside several stores, lines wrapped around aisles.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has asked for calm during this situation.
With the CAQ's ban on public gatherings, however, the Mayor decided to close all municipal-owned facilities and civic buildings until further notice.
All across the country, reports of long lineups and empty store shelves have flooded the media.
If you're worried about the country running out of toilet paper, don't be.
CBC reports that toilet paper manufacturers won't run out of the product and that the empty shelves are simply a result of a spike in demand.
Major retailers will see a delay in getting their supply, but everything should be back to normal in a few days.
As you can see, the panic in Montreal is real.
In Maxi, not only was toilet paper out of stock, but flour as well.
The pharmacy was also completely sold out of most major medicines like Tylenol, Advil, and cough syrup.
Curiously, however, facial tissue seems to be overstocked.
More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.
Stay tuned for more updates on coronavirus in Montreal right here on MTL Blog.