HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) — Pandemic hoarding ended with 2020 – or did it?
Some Costcos around Southern California have again started limiting the number of essential items that shoppers can buy. Those items may sound familiar – toilet paper, paper towels, and bottled water.READ MORE: Woman Says She Was Refused Service At An Encino Dunkin' Donuts For Being Deaf
At the Costco in Hawthorne, there were signs Monday limiting the purchase of toilet paper and paper towels to one package each, and two cases of bottled water.READ MORE: Illegal Marijuana Grow Bust Nets Nearly 30,000 Plants And Leads To 31 Arrests In San Bernardino
At the start of the pandemic, stores were cleared out of essential items, frozen food, and cleaning products as stay-at-home orders were enacted. Stores at that time were slow to enact purchase limits, leading to empty shelves at several retailers. Sparse store shelves are still a familiar sight due to global shipping problems and driver shortages.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In Los Angeles County
It’s unclear why limits have made a comeback at some Costco warehouses, but could be a result of worsening coronavirus case rates due to the more contagious Delta variant.