If you need to grab groceries or alcohol in Ottawa this weekend, be prepared to wait in line. As store opening hours have been reduced, and social distancing measures have been implemented, lines outside some of Ottawa's grocery and alcohol stores have become pretty huge. In some cases, people have been waiting over an hour to pick-up essential supplies.\nIt’s probably been a very busy weekend for Ottawa’s frontline staff, as the latest social distancing protocols have had customers lining up outside to pick-up essential stock like groceries, alcohol and home supplies.\nAs COVID-19 prevention measures continue to be implemented in all of Ontario’s essential stores, the queues outside are becoming longer and longer.\nIn fact, outside businesses that are considered essential, such as Loblaws, Walmart, LCBO, Dollarama and The Beer Store, people have spent their whole afternoon trying to collect supplies.\nSpeaking to Narcity on Saturday, one Walmart shopper confirmed they had been waiting in line for over an hour.\n"It's been a long wait, I only wanted milk and bread," they explained on Saturday afternoon.\nSimilar lines could also be seen at Costco, Loblaws and the LCBO.\n"I wanted to pick up some beers and wine too, but I'm just going to go home," the shopper added.\nOttawans outside Barrhaven Walmart are trying to stay 2 metres apart...some people in line have been waiting for over an hour. #ottnews pic.twitter.com/0emQZihCkU— Helena Hanson (@helena_hanson) April 5, 2020\nPretty crazy lines outside Costco in Barrhaven this weekend! #ottnews pic.twitter.com/1wDK1UQX5d— Helena Hanson (@helena_hanson) April 5, 2020\nMy wife tested negative! Groceries! Line up at Barrhaven Costco.... 600m at least pic.twitter.com/DFhnyxOfec— John Counsell (@JWCounsell) April 1, 2020\nWhile the queues outside Ottawa’s grocery stores were all considerably large, it was the LCBO that seemed to have the biggest lines.\nAt several locations across the city, locals could be seen waiting in long stretches around the buildings, many desperately trying to stand two metres apart.\nSimilar scenes have been spotted across Ontario, as some shoppers in Toronto waited for longer than 40 minutes to get inside the alcohol retailer.\nSimilar situation outside the LCBO.... pic.twitter.com/GVsiRyIWzR— Helena Hanson (@helena_hanson) April 5, 2020\nand heres the line up outside one of ottawa’s essential services, the lcbo...in the rain pic.twitter.com/6ZAL8svhmc— Bruno Watusi (@iconocaustic) April 3, 2020\nThe lineup at the Trim Road LCBO. It snakes around into two lines by the door. pic.twitter.com/KDA6pJsEGv— Sarah Wright-Gilbert (@smwgilbert) April 4, 2020\nHelena Hanson | Narcity\nHelena Hanson | Narcity\nThe lengthy, outdoor lines are the result of increased social distancing efforts in stores, as locations are now limiting the number of shoppers that can be in store at any given time.\nThis, combined with recently reduced opening hours, is creating busier shopping experiences, and longer lines for those looking to stock-up on essential supplies.\nDespite the inconvenience of lining up around the block, the Ontario Government has stressed the importance of proper social distancing.\nOn Friday, the CEO of Public Health Ontario revealed that the effects of COVID-19 could last up to two years if we fail to take adequate precautions.\nFirst time out shopping after 14 days. Half hour line up. Staff and protocols .@MassinesonBank were great. I appreciated the X’s on the sidewalk every 2m. #Centretown pic.twitter.com/KIUSTRllCc— Dr. Peter C. Mason (@PeterCMason) April 4, 2020\nLine for groceries at Somerset and Bank this morning. #ottawa #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/rcV3lkUIOn— manic pixie dream boat (@shutupferoz) April 1, 2020\nHave you had to wait in line to get groceries or supplies? Businesses in the Ottawa Valley are limiting the number of people allowed in store. A big thanks/shoutout to everyone who is still going to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo taken outside of Walmart in Pembroke. pic.twitter.com/jh5zD0eoGe— 104.9 myFM (@1049myFM) April 4, 2020\nIf you need to pick up supplies this weekend, be prepared to wait a little longer than usual.\nIf you’re not prepared to wait over an hour to pick it up, you probably don’t need it!\nStay safe, Ottawa.