Monster line at Costco despite Gov. Walz's warning not to panic buy

The line to get into the Eden Prairie store stretches around the block.
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Grocery stores will remain open even after Minnesota's COVID-19 "Stay at Home" order comes into effect on Friday night, but that hasn't prevented huge lines forming outside a Twin Cities Costco.

Picture above is the scene outside the Eden Prairie Costco, where a shopper told BMTN the line to get in is stretching around the block.

Part of this will be down to the store's decision to only allow 150 shoppers in at a time so customers can maintain 6-feet distance from others.

But pictures from inside the store show that shoppers have also been buying up food and produce at a fast rate.

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A sign posted inside the store shows 18 items that are out of stock, including toilet paper (obviously), basmati rice, disinfectant wipes (obviously), Children's Tylenol, Quaker Oats oatmeal, diapers and canned tuna.

Items that are still available include eggs, rotisserie chicken, canned chicken breasts, and peanut butter.

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After announcing the 2-week "Stay at Home" order will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Gov. Walz implored Minnesotans not to go on a hoarding spree at Minnesota grocery stores, asking people only buy what they need.

Grocery stores and pharmacies will still be open after the order goes into effect, though people are being advised to limit their visits when possible.

An article in The Strategist published this week asked medical experts what the safest way to shop is during the coronavirus pandemic, and they said shopping in-store in person should be avoided where possible.

Delivery or curbside pickup options are better, they say, and in the event you do go to a grocery store, it's advised to go at a time less likely to be crowded, and if possible a story where they're limiting the number of people allowed inside, which is the case at Costco.

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