Line backs across parking lot at St. Louis Park Costco

People have waited till the weekend for some serious panic buying.
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If you have any shopping to do this weekend, stay away from the Costco at St. Louis Park.

As shoppers waited for the wholesale store to open at 9:30 a.m., there were lines stretching way across the parking lot.

It comes amid reports of panic buying at stores across the Twin Cities, with toilet paper, bottled water, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes seemingly most in demand.

This situation has been unfolded all week, with shelves and coolers cleared out at Costco stores across the metro, while other stores including Target have been placing restrictions on the amount of toilet paper and cleaning products individuals can buy.

Health officials had warned against this weeks ago, advising Minnesotans to gradually build up supplies in their home to maintain the integrity of grocery store supply chains.

It also comes a day after Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health advised residents to engage in "social distancing," trying to avoid large crowds and being in close proximity to others for extended periods of time in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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