People stocking up at grocery stores amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 7:37 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:43:00-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Grocery stores across Central Indiana are busy with shoppers who tell RTV6 they are trying to prepare in case they need to be quarantined.

Because of the increase in shoppers, some stores, like Kroger, say they have activated its preparedness plan to help keep families and employees safe and are working with federal, state, and local authorities to monitor the situation.

On Friday evening, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order to lift regulations on commercial vehicles transportation items like food, to businesses.

The executive order waives regulations on the number of house drivers are allowed to work in a single day.

You can read the entire executive order below:

Executive Order 20 03 (Waiver of Motor Carrier Hours Due to Public Health Emergency) (Text)

Videos from inside the stores show long lines, empty store shelves and customers searching for products in high demand, like hand sanitizer and cleaning products.

In a letter sent to customers, Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes says employees are proactively sanitizing stores more frequently, especially checkout and services areas.

Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen says employees are also working to ensure its stores are clean and stocked. Supply chain teams are working to get food, medicine, and cleaning supplies into stores as quickly as possible. Employees are cleaning the store more frequently.

Walmart posted an update Tuesday on its response to the coronavirus.