Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 12, 2020, the temporary closure of all Montgomery County schools, entertainment venues, gyms, and community centers effective March 13, 2020.
Wolf also requested all non-essential retailers to shut down as well.
The King of Prussia Mall was resistant to close but announced on Saturday afternoon that they would be shutting down complying with Governor Wolf’s request.
Of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Montgomery County has the most number of presumed positive cases of the virus.
Residents of Montgomery County, like Denise Sabia, are undeterred by the virus and are going about their business at the Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting.
“I’m not like going out I guess like I normally would. But, I’m still going out and getting, you know, some things I need. But, I’m not panicking” she said.
After Wolf announced the lockdown of Montgomery County, people went to supermarkets and other large retailers buying items in bulk, leaving shelves empty.
Giant and Target are running low on items like paper towels, toilet paper, and other food items.
Melissa Brimus of Lafayette Hill says she is struggling to find certain goods like “hamburgers because no one has it, bagels – no one has them, and white bread.” She goes on to say she has “been to Giant in Conshohocken, Weis in Conshohocken and Target” without any luck.
Target was completely out of eggs, milk and hand sanitizer – something Gerald Joka was hoping to purchase.
He says he will not try his luck for hand sanitizer at other stores. “At this point, I highly doubt we’ll find it anywhere.”
As of March 14, there are 41 presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus and 6 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania. Of the 47 total cases, 20 are in Montgomery County.