Costco stores in Canada are pure chaos as shoppers stock up for coronavirus doomsday scenario
Big stores like Costco are dissolving into chaos as Canadians rush to prepare for coronavirus.
On Thursday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam urged Canadians to prepare for a possible outbreak of the virus by "keeping extra food and medication on hand, managing childcare arrangements, and preparing alternate arrangements for work."
She reiterated that the risk to Canadians remains low.
4/5 We all have a role to play when it comes to preparedness for #COVID19:— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) February 27, 2020
• keeping extra food and medication on hand
• managing childcare arrangements
• preparing alternate arrangements for work and caregiving should you become ill pic.twitter.com/TdPzjtsbeQ
This weekend, many Canadians took Tam's advice to heart and rushed to stores to spend thousands of dollars on cereal, canned vegetables, Kraft Dinner, bottled water and rice.
Many Canadians couldn't even get into the stores because they were so jam-packed; in Burlington, Ontario, the line to get into Costco stretched around the block.
The Costco in Burnaby, B.C. was in chaos as shoppers rushed to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak; Spam, black beans, Lysol wipes and toilet paper were among the most sought-after goods.
I was in the neighborhood so I decided to pop in at the Burnaby @costcocanada panacea seems to have created a doomsday scenario. The line extends the entire length of Costco and around the aisle. Been like this for over a week. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/1WtylOo9VH— Elizabeth Mazzei (@Exodus_Wellness) February 29, 2020
In Vancouver, red meat and chicken flew off the shelves; the entire deli at Costco was wiped clean as shoppers frantically stocked up on packaged meat.
Although hilariously, not every Vancouver shopper made canned goods and meat their priority.
I was sent to a Costco to see if people are stocking up (even though health officials say it’s not necessary) in case COVID-19 gets more serious here. This guy came out of the store with 16 boxes of condoms and a big jar of coconut oil. We all have priorities. pic.twitter.com/C3edUsgZzH— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) February 29, 2020
Walmart and IKEA also experienced shortages this weekend, with shoppers desperately grabbing supplies to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak.
The empty shelves gave the stores an eerie, post-apocalyptic look.
#coronavirus food PAanic - what are you stocking up on? #Vancouver hanging out in #NorthVan at #superstore and #walmart #covid19Canada #COVID2019 more stories on my instagram https://t.co/oaJsmLMgsg videos below @CKNW @GlobalBC @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/Wx4e8HIxXd— Shawn Sviridov (@galleryss) March 2, 2020
As of March 1, there are 24 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada. Ontario has 15 cases, British Columbia has eight cases, and Quebec has only one case.
Forty-seven Canadians aboard the Princess Diamond cruise ship have also tested positive for the virus.
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