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    • On March 11th, Wednesday, just before noon, the parking lot had plenty of spaces available, but shoppers seemed on edge. Eager to get in and out of Costco.

    • At the entrance to Costco, there was a dedicated staff member disinfecting shopping carts. She stopped every person before they entered and asked to wipe down their shopping cart handle. That was the first time I've ever seen that in Costco.

      A brand new sign hung at the entrance looked grim.

    • However, once inside Costco, it felt familiar and relatively normal. Starting from the entrance, I explored each aisle. As expected, electronics, home & office supplies were fully stacked with only a few shoppers. Auto, alcohol, and baked goods were free of shoppers too.

    • The toilet paper, paper towels, and bottled water isles looked different. There was no toilet paper or paper towels, but instead, racks of bottled water took their place, and people were loading up their carts fast.

    • House cleaning and disinfecting supplies also lacked some of the common items from Lysol and Clorox. It left many, including myself, puzzled of where to find them. They were out of stock.  

    • A few rice bags attracted a small line of people. With a limit of 2 bags per person, they were a hot item. 

    • Sparkling water and sports drinks were fully stacked. It seemed like only the bottled water was in high demand.

    • The pharmacy section was crowd-free, and filling out prescriptions didn't seem to be a problem.

    • A few paper signs were hanging on the Pharmacy windows spelling out: "NO Gloves, Masks, Hand Sanitizer or Alcohol."

    • Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl 70%) was in limited supply, and people were waiting for Costco staff to put whatever they had on the shelf.

    • On the bottom shelf, tucked away, were a few fresh bottles of Rubbing Alcohol. So, I grabbed a pair. People were asking me where I found those bottles, and I pointed them in the direction of the aisle with instructions to look for a bottom shelf.

    • Soap, toothpaste vitamins, and supplements sections were unusually busy, but fully stacked.

    • Checkout lines on a Wednesday were normal. The staff was friendly but seemed to be less talkative than usual. None of the cashiers wore face masks, and mine rolled her eyes when a customer asked about the 2 per person limit on certain supplies.

    • Here is what I got at Costco to prepare for the Coronavirus. That plus a few items from a grocery list. No rice for me, though.

    • That was an interesting read. Do you plan on going back out for groceries and supplies soon? It'll be interesting to see how things are now that the virus has taken a much larger foothold in the US.

    • Two weeks after the “Shelter in Place” order in California, I went again to resupply at Costco. I was worried about long lines and lack of supplies. No lines and plenty of stock on most items even on a Sunday!

      Parking lot of less busy than usual. Every shopping cart gets wiped down. There is a sign at the door, clearly stating what’s available and what’s out of stock.

    • During checkout out I noticed newly installed glass shields to protect cashiers from people directly breathing at them. Didn’t take a picture of it, but this is an excellent protective measure for the workers and customers. Most cashiers wore face masks, but not everyone. So I bought enough groceries for the family to stay put for another two weeks.