If you’re planning some DIY, prepare for a long wait! After being closed for a number of weeks in Ontario, hardware stores have finally started reopening. While Canadians seem to be desperate to get their hardware fix, the lines outside Canadian Tire, Home Depot and more are getting pretty ridiculous already.
Back in March, Premier Doug Ford announced that all non-essential businesses would have to close to the public, in accordance with the province's latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Just one week after reopening to the public for in-store shopping, Ontario’s hardware stores are busier than ever, and lines outside of storefronts are growing.
One user took to Twitter to comment about waiting in a 50-person line.
Photos and videos from similar stores also depict extremely busy scenes, as Ontario residents can be seen waiting inside stores that are already packed, or lining up outside of the buildings.
Hopes to get a DIY project crushed today as all the dads in Toronto rushed to #HomeDepot for the re-opening. 1 hour… https://t.co/um3kEOaNUC— Sylvain Roy 🇨🇦 (@Sylvain Roy 🇨🇦)1589027768.0
Home Depot lineup #ottawa #innesroad #patience #COVIDー19 #newworld #allgood #saturdaymorning https://t.co/JIFhvb7SKa— Mitch Geerts (@Mitch Geerts)1589035744.0
Hardware & safety supply stores are officially allowed to reopen across #Ontario today but be aware of long lines.… https://t.co/louzqRODwO— The Brandon Gonez Show (@The Brandon Gonez Show)1589034533.0
Taking to Twitter to share their frustrations with the lines, one Ontario local explained, "Waiting in line at Service Ontario, and then off to wait in line at Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, and Home Depot ... Feels like I’m at Disney Land, but for outdoor seasonal supplies."
Another shared a similar message, tweeting, "Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, Costco, Home Depot and almost every place I drove by today....completely packed!!! Line ups around the block."
A third simply added, "This Canadian Tire pickup line is brutality."
Canadian tire, Lowe’s, Costco, Home Depot and almost every place I drove by today....completely packed!!! Line ups around the block— Bad-Luca (@Bad-Luca)1589750007.0
Went to canadian tire on an errand for my mom. The line to get in went all the way along the front and halfway down the side. Nope— James (@James)1589662281.0
Waiting in line at Service Ontario, and then off to wait In line at Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, and Home Depot...… https://t.co/qfpzhPgdod— Brent Kalinowski 🇨🇦 (@Brent Kalinowski 🇨🇦)1588863490.0
Similar scenes have actually been spotted across the country, as Canadians have taken to social media to complain about the huge lineups.
Sharing a photo of a very busy Canadian Tire store in Alberta, one Twitter user wrote, "'Social distancing' at Canadian Tire. This b*llshit is putting everyone in a massive line up and ensuring you are in the store for ten times longer than necessary is making it worse for being in close proximity to everyone else."
Another in Nova Scotia shared a similar image.
Canadian Tire with very long line. #NSLC with no line. Ok, let that sink in. #Quinpoolcentre #Halifax https://t.co/WR2Yz1yckJ— Sean Maddox (@Sean Maddox)1589214579.0
Went to run some errands. Dominion - line-up of about 10 people. Skipped it. Canadian tire to pick up an order -… https://t.co/9BSRRIgMFq— Daphne (@Daphne)1589737844.0
@CMOH_Alberta I just tried going to Leduc’s Canadian Tire. Yeah, 20-30 people in a line outside with 2 feet between them. RIP Phase 1— WhoseBacon (@WhoseBacon)1589665955.0
Reduced occupancy levels in stores, combined with limited opening hours, could be why the stores seem so busy.
In addition to baking, Canadians are also probably doing a little more DIY than usual, which is another possible reason for the huge lines outside stores like Home Depot.
If you're planning any DIY this week, make sure you give yourself plenty of time for the long lines.
*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.