CHICAGO — Shoppers across the Chicago area stocked up on supplies Friday. Earlier Friday, Gov. JB Pritzker announced schools across the state would close from March 17 through the March 30 due to COVID-19 concerns.
Long lines were reported inside the Costco on Ashland Avenue. Some customers told WGN News they waited nearly an hour to check out.
Most of the meat coolers inside were empty and bread was wiped off the shelves.
It is a similar scene at stores all over the Chicago area and around the country. Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores are packed as panic buying escalates.
At the Woodman’s store in Carpentersville, the store was reportedly so busy and checkout lines were so long, many people gave up. There were more than 100 abandoned carts full of food because shoppers didn’t want to wait in line and much of it needed to be thrown out.
Store workers advise to take note of lines as you enter a store and decide if you’re willing to wait before you start shopping.
Many stores have had to institute rationing and only allowing limited quantities of bottled water and toilet paper.
If you can’t find what you need, in particular toilet paper, some have suggested trying office supply stores, home improvement stores and drug stores.