Ontario asks residents to practice "normal grocery buying habits" after panic-buying frenzy

Mar 14 2020, 9:52 am

After several days of “panic-buying” at grocery stores, the provincial government is asking Ontarians to “practice normal grocery habits.”

This week, grocery stories in Toronto and around the province saw long lines, and empty shelves as shoppers responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toilet paper, hand sanitizers, and dried food are nearly wiped out at every store, but according to Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, our food supply is “robust.

“Ontarians can be confident that our food supply is robust and that our distribution system will continue to operate and remain responsive to the needs of Ontarians. Rest assured, we have plenty of food that will continue to reach grocery stores on a regular basis,” read the province’s statement.

“Our food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and our government remains committed to ensuring Ontarians can access healthy and nutritious Ontario-produced foods.”

Additionally, the province is asking residents to “please practice normal grocery buying habits and rest assured that our grocery production and supply chain will continue to provide Ontarians with the food we enjoy each and every day.”

Panic-buyers were not only in Toronto, but across the country as well.