Crowds of coronavirus panic-buyers swarm GTA grocery stores (PHOTOS)

Mar 13 2020, 6:54 am

Concern — or perhaps “panic” is a better word — has gripped the GTA in the last couple days as the nation, alongside the rest of the world, doubles down on its response to COVID-19.

And the city has the grocery store lines to show for it.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus to be a pandemic. By the end of Thursday, the NBA had suspended its season, the JUNO Awards were called off, and Ontario opted to extend March Break for an additional two weeks.

Also on Thursday, many across the GTA were met with massive crowds when they attempted to visit a grocery store.

From carts filled with toilet paper to aisles empty of rice, Lysol wipes, and other disinfectants, the city is stocking up on what people perceive to be essentials, en masse.

So if you need to stop by No Frills to pick up some sweet potatoes for tonight’s shepherd’s pie, heed warning… you’re probably going to be waiting in line for a while.

Here’s a look at grocery stores across Toronto and the GTA right now: