Las Vegas' Business Leaders Address Rash Of "Panic Buying"

Stock Up For Two Weeks, Not A Month, They Say

Associated Press
March 15, 2020 - 4:17 pm
 As the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, stores like Shoprite had problems keeping up with the high demand for paper goods leading to empty shelves on March 14, 2020 in Plainview, New York

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LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - Las Vegas has been hit hard by convention cancellations, a decline in visitation and layoffs at Strip resorts and related industries due to the coronavirus pandemic, while retailers have been swamped by shoppers that continue to stock up on food and some household supplies.

Clark County and Las Vegas business leaders tried Sunday to calm the public’s fears as some residents keep panic shopping in the city over concerns of the coronavirus.

At a news conference Sunday, the vice president of risk management for a local trucking company said companies are pushing out more products to meet the sharp increase in demand.

County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said people should buy up to two weeks of supplies, but not stock up for a month.

“We have many people within our community that are on a fixed income or they don’t have the ability to stock up,” Kirkpatrick said. “So we need to ensure that when they can go to the grocery store that there is product available for them.”

On Saturday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department urged citizens not to go to supermarkets and other such stores and hoard supplies like toilet paper.

Meanwhile, media outlets continue to show long lines at stores and retailers with toilet paper and bottled water the products most in demand.