The potential for the spread of the novel coronavirus in Montreal has left locals flocking to grocery stores to stock up on essential products, including toilet paper, hand soap, and canned goods. Consequently, this has left some of our city's grocery stores with empty shelves. We here at MTL Blog couldn't help but wonder: how are grocery stores dealing with this problem?

And don't be fooled, this isn't only happening in Montreal. Empty grocery store shelves have become a Canada-wide problem as the fear of COVID-19 heightens. So, we sought out answers for how grocery stores are responding, and we got one.

MTL Blog spoke with Metro's Communication Manager, Geneviève Grégoire, about how the grocery store chain is dealing with the empty shelves issue.

Below is what Geneviève responded when we asked if Metro would be limiting the number of products each customer is able to purchase.

"In an effort to adequately serve the maximum number of our customers, we have implemented a preventive measure to manage the supply of stores," she said.

"Each store has the latitude to apply a limit of two products per customer on the products that have the most velocity on. This will therefore vary from one store to another depending on product availability."

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Metro was not the only place this was happening either. All major grocery stores, like various IGAs, Maxis, and Walmarts in the city faced this same issue after COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

You can also watch a video here that shows the massive lineups that took place at Costco Pointe-Claire — before the virus was even announced as an official pandemic.

In response to the people of our city feeling the need to hoard essential items, Mayor Valérie Plante has asked the public to remain calm

To add a little reassurance to why no Canadian needs to be trying to empty the shelves of their closest grocery store, MTL Blog spoke with Colin Asuncion, Marketing Manager for the Retail Council of Canada. Colin assured us that, despite the panic, Canada's supply chain remains operational and secure.

So, we don't need to be worrying about running out of food — or toilet paper.

Stay safe, Montreal.

More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the Government of Canada's website here.

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