When Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Toronto and Peel region would be entering a second lockdown, he urged people not to panic buy.

But videos and photos of lines in Toronto show that not everybody got the memo.

One such photo posted on the r/Toronto subreddit apparently showed the line at the Dufferin Mall No Frills, where one Torontonian said their weekend grocery shop turn into a three-hour affair.

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Please avoid panic buying right now. There is no need to buy more than you need.

Premier Doug Ford

The poster of the picture said they showed up at the No Frills early on Sunday morning and there was already a line that snaked down the store's ramp. 


Another photo posted to Twitter apparently shows the long line outside a Toronto LCBO, where at least a dozen people are waiting to get inside.

A video that went viral over the weekend showed just how packed Yorkdale Mall had become.

Another video posted to YouTube showed Scarborough Town Centre packed full of shoppers while the cameraperson — who says they're a food delivery worker — wonders aloud about why they're there.

At Friday's press conference announcing the lockdown, Premier Ford said people only needed to buy things to last them "a week or two."

And speaking to CP24 on Sunday morning, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that crowds gathering at malls and stores could spread the virus even if everyone is wearing masks.

"Please stay home," Tory said. "That's what's going to get this over the fastest."

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