For more than a week, grocery stores have battled to keep up with the swell of customers loading up during the coronavirus emergency. With the order issued by the governor for Safe at Home restrictions, the lines got worse.
People lined up at Big Bear's two big grocery chain stores, Vons and Stater Bros. to make purchases this morning, March 20. Check out lines were long. At Vons, the lines wind through to the produce department, with only four checkout stands open at the time the photo was taken.
At Stater Bros. all check out lines were open and lines were long, as well.
Grocery store officials, as well as the governor say there is plenty of food for everyone. There is no need to hoard supplies of food or paper goods. Runs on grocery stores are not necessary, officials say.
Vons has changed its hours to accommodate seniors, pregnant women, those with disabilities and those with compromised immune systems. Vons is open Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. for that group of shoppers only. The general public will be allowed to shop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Stater Bros opens at 7:45 a.m. for seniors and those with compromised immune or health systems. The general public hours begin at 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.