After Governor Jay Inslee issued new COVID-19 guidelines on Sunday in response to increasing daily COVID-19 case counts, some Seattleites have embarked on massive shopping sprees.
Although the Washington Emergency Management is reminding people to avoid panic-buying, many are continuing to clear out the shelves.
Nobody is talking about closing grocery stores. Panic buying doesn’t help anyone. Supply chains will remain healthy if we all buy only what we need. Please respect grocery store limitations on supplies and plan ahead. Learn more at https://t.co/reAvBDc13b #MaskUpWA pic.twitter.com/k5kklY8A9L
— WA Emergency Management 😷 (@waEMD) November 15, 2020
A Costco employee told Daily Hive that anything to do with coronavirus is “pretty much sold out,” including paper towels, toilet paper, Lysol wipes, and Kleenex.
According to Twitter user NoJustNo, it was impossible to find toilet paper in the city Monday and Costco was sold out at 10:53 am.
Here’s how others are experiencing grocery stores:
Seattle grocery store. @GovInslee to announce tomorrow morning lock down again. This is 2 hours after media gave us a heads up. #Seattle #CovidTolietPaperHoarding
— 🎆America is back! 🎆 (@WckdBWestCoast) November 15, 2020
captain’s log, stardate 98476.85: we have once again reached critically low levels of toilet paper in seattle, washington, earth. there simply seems to be no hope in sight.
— ㅤ (@anamericangod) November 16, 2020
The ink is barely dry on @GovInslee‘s latest COVID restrictions and the toilet paper aisles are empty. This was at University Village QFC in Seattle earlier today. People: THERE WILL BE TP! Relax! pic.twitter.com/KCeU2ppu5A
— Curt Milton (@CurtMilton) November 15, 2020
Shelves emptying out here in Seattle area: people are scared. This feels like when it was first found in the nursing home in Kirkland in March. pic.twitter.com/VMcXrVpZ3e
— Rajat 🦨oni (@rsoxsea) November 15, 2020
Sexiest product of 2020: tp. Everyone wants it, no one can get it. Empty shelves in Seattle after tighter stay home orders announced today – one of the limits will be 25% capacity in stores. pic.twitter.com/tfLIZ04ycz
— Melissa Burdick (@MelissaNBurdick) November 15, 2020