Ottawa Public Health Is Trolling Canadians Who Have Stockpiled Toilet Paper

Toilet paper has been in short-supply across the country.
Stockpiling Toilet Paper Is Absolutely Not Necessary Says Ottawa Public Health
Senior Editor

Ottawa’s public health body has weighed in on the great Canadian toilet paper apocalypse. Taking to Twitter to share their advice, Ottawa Public Health noted that stockpiling toilet paper to combat novel coronavirus was not necessary. Making light of the bizarre shortage, the government agency urged Canadians to be prepared for COVID-19, but not go over the top.

As novel coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, government agencies have been warning citizens to be prepared for an outbreak in their local area.

Advice includes securing prescription medication before you run out, having a good supply of non-perishable foods, and being stocked-up on pet food and cleaning products.

However, in a bizarre turn of events, it’s toilet tissue that has become the world’s hottest commodity, as stores across Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. are completely selling out.

The situation has become so strange that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has finally spoken out.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the agency shared their COVID-19 checklist, writing, “Keep it handy for the next time you're at the store.”

However, to make their position on the toilet paper apocalypse abundantly clear, they joked, “Please note: absolutely nowhere on the list does it say you need 671 rolls of toilet paper.”

While nobody is sure exactly why Canadians are stockpiling toilet paper, many of the country’s biggest stores are extremely low on supplies.

The bathroom crisis got so bad, that some people have taken to social media to share tips about where to pick up a roll.

As stores like Costco and Walmart are emptied, many customers are left lining up at the door to do their grocery shopping.

This is the second time in just one week that OPH has been forced to speak-out about panic buying.

Earlier this month, the agency urged Canadians to understand the difference between stocking-up and stockpiling, tweeting, “In light of recent news stories, let's be very clear: you don't need to rush and "stockpile" supplies.”

“The goal is to be prepared. The next time you're at the store, pick up extra supplies. Do it gradually.”

“There's no rush, and no need to panic,” it concluded.

If you're starting to run low on tissue at home, start using it sparingly! 

You can check-out Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 checklist by clicking here.

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.