PASADENA, Calif. - L.A. County officials are urging people to not hoard food following the statewide "Safer at Home" order, asking people to remain at home to stop the spread of coronavirus.
"I would like to ask everyone to purchase what you need. Please do not stockpile which leads to empty shelves and causes people to panic," said Kathryn Barger, Chair of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Some people in Pasadena went to the Ralph's grocery store on Colorado Boulevard to get some items Thursday night following the announcement.
"It seems like stores are pretty well stocked right now, but I think maybe there are some people who haven't heard that everything is going to be shut down yet," said Andrew Hinkley.
Hinkley and Jessica Webb-Simpson bought only a few items.
"Canned goods, soup, bread, and whiskey," said Simpson.
Both believe the stay at home order is necessary.
"I'm personally glad they did it. I think it's a smart thing to do," said Simpson.
"I definitely saw it coming and it wasn't a big surprise to me," said Hinkley.
Natalie Poole also came to the store to stock up before staying at home.
"Just staples if we have to be at home so we can at least eat healthy. The alternative I think was having to eat all the stuff in the back of the cupboard that we weren't necessarily wild about eating so it worked out well," said Poole.
Mayor Garcetti said people are required to stay home and away from people outside of their immediate families unless they are partaking in an "essential activity."