CATOOSA COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — Georgia residents had one day to prepare for Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order — which will go into affect Friday, April 3. Thursday, hundreds of North Georgians stocked up on supplies, creating huge rushes at grocery stores and gas stations.
“I think it’s a little crazy,” Ashley Keith said.
Lines wrapped around at Costco. Parking lots packed with customers. Cars waited two and three deep at gas stations. — all this as Georgians prepare to shelter-in-place beginning Friday.
“We can’t get out tomorrow unless we have a letter from where we work or whatever,” Brenda Ouzts said. “Either that or going to the grocery store or the emergency room. So it just seemed like the sensible thing to do to stock up.”
Ouzts isn’t the only one with that idea.
“I honestly didn’t expect it to be this busy,” Keith said.
“Oh, it blew my mind. It’s like amazing that the lines are this long to get in,” Ouzts said.
“We stood there for 30 minutes or more on the inside line,” Misty Lobrano said.
“It bothers me a little bit that people are going in and wiping out shelves and leaving empty shelves for other people that can’t get what they need,” Tommy Madaris said.
At noon Thursday, Costco in Fort Oglethorpe was already out of certain cleaning supplies and toilet paper. The store has put limitations on how much of high demand products customers are able to buy.
“I think people need to calm down,” Lobrano said. “Yeah, be prepared, but don’t freak out. There’s no reason to freak out. As long as we all remain calm, we’ll all be okay.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order will continue through Monday, April 13.