CORAL SPRINGS, FL- It’s happening again: paper towels, toilet paper, and other paper goods are fast disappearing from the shelves of Coral Springs and Parkland grocery stores.

The new rush to stock up on these essentials appears driven by fear over another coronavirus lockdown – a reality that isn’t likely to happen any time soon in Florida.

Despite a surge of new cases in recent weeks, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn’t ordered any significant new restrictions and Coral Springs’ emergency management director said Friday he, too, isn’t knowledgeable of a potential lockdown.

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“I want to be clear, the city is unaware of any planned action at the state or county level which would result in a lockdown,” said Alex Falcone, director of emergency management, city security, and special events for the City of Coral Springs.

In a reminder of the first weeks of the pandemic, Publix has joined other grocery chains in limiting in-store and online purchases of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and paper towels.

Still, a check of two Publix stores, as well as a Walmart Neighborhood Market, in Coral Springs on Friday morning found many empty shelves for those items with employees rushing to restock the supplies.

Falcone said, even though paper goods are going fast, there’s no indication of supply chain shortages in Coral Springs.

“It appears that the issues with in-store stock are related to over consumption,” he said.


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