'Have you lost your damn mind?': Ontarians fume after Walmart, Dollarama block off ‘non-essential’ diapers, school supplies at some locations

Elisabetta Bianchini
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On the first day of Ontario's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, set to be in place for four weeks, people in the province took to social media to express concerns about what "essential" products really are.

As part of these new restrictions, in-person shopping at discount and big box stores is restricted to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only.

Images from Ontario Dollarama stores started being shared online, with people seemingly frustrated with the restricted items.

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Specifically, many people were not pleased to see school supplies blocked off as non-essential items.

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People in Ontario also started sharing blocked off non-essential items at other large retailers, including Walmart.

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As concerns around COVID-19 cases in Ontario continue to increase, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health, stressed at a press conference on Thursday that the trends in the province are "very troubling."

Ontario reported 3,295 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 19 more deaths across the province. This is the highest daily case increase in the province since mid-January.