Coronavirus creates panic buying, shortage of goods

Feds relax limits on daily hours for truck drivers, Wal-Mart changes hours

Deli meat section at a Franklin County, Mo. Wal-Mart. March 15, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

BY Clarion staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY – Life with the coronavirus is keeping many students and workers at home, while others will be spending more time on the road. For the first time in American transportation history, the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an exemption to truck drivers moving goods important to the war on the virus. Drivers hauling such things as food, medical supplies, and cleaning agents may now drive beyond the maximum time allowed behind the wheel.

On Sunday, Wal-Mart began closing its 24-hour Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, limiting hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closing for cleaning and stocking. Recent instances of hoarding and panic-buying have wiped shelves of toilet paper, bread, meats, and other goods at retailers nationwide.

Millions of students will be home as schools nationwide shut the doors for periods ranging from two weeks to the end of spring. In Missouri, many universities have extended spring break periods and moved to online-only instruction. So far, Lincoln University is currently operating on an extended spring break, providing enough time for staff and faculty to prepare online-only coursework – if needed.

For more information on coronavirus in Missouri, click here.

The bread aisle at a Wal-Mart store near St. Louis. March 15, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

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