On April 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m, Ontario's stay-at-home order went into effect, limiting all retail to essential items only
This means that big box stores, like Walmarts in Ontario, are having to use makeshift blockades to stop customers from browsing non-essential goods.
Some Ontarians have also noticed that certain items in big box stores, such as face masks, clothing or shoes, have been blocked off and deemed non-essential.
Many aisles in Walmart have been taped off with caution tapes, plastic wrap and more.
A customer at an Ontario Walmart took to Twitter to express confusion over what has been deemed essential and what hasn't.
Thanks Ontario for deciding I can't buy anything. Here's Walmart fully Saran wrapped. Now you can buy haircut but n… https://t.co/Z8ilCNCrwR— j Can 🍁🇨🇦 (@j Can 🍁🇨🇦) 1617890249
Some have noted that water bottles have been used to block off school supplies, as well.
Masks are non essential now? Should I go to Walmart without one and ask where I can buy one? 😜 🤡 https://t.co/iKHyVWInX9— Rowan (@Rowan) 1617898339
Currently, the Ontario government states that only "grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items," are considered essential.
welcome to ontario, where shoes, clothing, car seats and school supplies are considered non essential. where 200+ p… https://t.co/pzhKrr5YW8— tash (@tash) 1617906484