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I live in a location that has a pretty dense population (my home is on a 40x100 foot lot). There was a first-round buying frenzy and shelf-emptying but they were restocked very quickly. Some nuts keep up the over-buying but some stores are enforcing nut-mittigation limits.
The current hassle, so far as I can see, is stores limiting the number of concurrent customers. You are cued until someone leaves. One in after one out. Another thoughtful change is some stores instituting some seniors-only early shopping hours.
Umm? What's left? Well, I already had laid in a good supply of single malts so I'm ready for whatever comes.
I've just had an email from the CEO of Tesco (the biggest supermarket chain in the UK):
From Thursday 19 March we will start to implement the following changes:
•To ensure more people have access to everyday essentials, we are introducing a storewide restriction of only 3 items per customer on every product line, and removing multi-buy promotions.
•In order to allow Tesco colleagues to focus on stocking shelves, helping to provide the essential groceries you are looking for and to avoid waste, we will close all meat, fish, deli counters and salad bars.
•To be able to ensure our stores are clean, that we can replenish stock, and allow our colleagues to rest, we will change our trading hours with all stores closing at 10pm.
•To ensure we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of infection for both our customers and colleagues, we will be introducing some distancing measures at the checkout and, to make it swifter, invite customers who can, to pay by card.
•To help free up slots for the more vulnerable, such as our elderly customers and those who are self-isolating, we are encouraging customers who shop online or choose Click+Collect for their grocery home shopping, to prioritise shopping in-store where possible.
•To ensure our more vulnerable and elderly customers can shop in-store, we will prioritise one hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9-10am (except in our Express stores) and ask that you respect this.
Tesco store colleagues can't work from home and a good number of them will need to respond to personal or family challenges connected with dealing with COVID-19. So we would please ask that you understand the challenging environment in which we are all working. If you do go in-store and want to say thank you, then I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
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Where we are in central Florida, paper goods and cleaning products are very scarce, but we have plenty of bread, vegetables and fruit. Meat products are still available - intermittently. Yesterday I could buy ground beef, but no chicken. Next grocery run is tomorrow, then we will see.
Here in north Italy the situation in critical. There is a lack of doctors and places in hospitals. Please take care of yourself, avoid places with many people to fight the spread of the virus. This is NOT a simple flu. And please, pray for us.
I've been home for several days; but about a third of my cow-orkers are still going into the office every day.
I think most of them are just in denial, and not nihilistic enough that they are hoping to dump grandma, grandpa, mom, and dad into a mass grave to collect their inheritance; but the outcome is going to be the same.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
As for me the fact that plenty of businesses are facing hard times and it already affected me is far more critical than the prospect of catching brand new type of influenza almost like every year before.
dwelling for toilet paper (in which, being economically minded, you invested heavily).
Here in Ukraine older people who survived USSR and crazy 90-ies always invest in toilet paper, not only in times of viral paranoia. Just in case.
Luckily for me, I've moved to my parents a couple of months ago so I'm already well-prepared
It worth noting that when USSR advanced in space technologies and first Sputnik was launched there was no toilet paper in the whole country.
Side note: you said that when sputnik was launched there was no toilet paper in whole of USSR. I need to correct you: it was called "Pravda".
You have an excellent grasp of what happened in USSR back then
Perhaps not yet available that fare east
No, the diversity on the shelves nowadays is almost as in western countries. It's mentality that stayed the same. So I still have to educate my parents on that perfect option. Although it's plenty of toilet paper here so I doubt we will buy more in the nearest time.
Did you notice that the media always quotes raw numbers of sick and of deaths rather than pointing out that there is a 94% CHANCE THAT YOU WON'T GET THE FLU?
aHHH, POLITICS AGAIN SHOWS THAT REALITY MUST BE AN ILLUSION.
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