Mayor Eric Garcetti joined grocery executives at a regional food distribution center last week, where they discussed the reliable supply chain of food and how grocery stores will continue to be stocked as normal.
“This health crisis is a moment for preparation, not panic,” said Garcetti. “There’s no shortage of supplies at our grocery stores and no reason to over-buy. Angelenos should shop responsibly and safely, and do not need to stockpile food.”
Garcetti issued an emergency order to strengthen the city’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), placing temporary restrictions on restaurants, bars, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. Restaurants, bars and retail food facilities may not serve food for consumption on their premises but may continue to offer food for delivery, takeout, or drive-thru.
Grocery stores are exempt from the order. As part of the directive, Garcetti also announced trucks and other vehicles engaged in the delivery of grocery items to stores are exempt from nightly curfews – a measure which will help ensure stores remain well-stocked.
Representatives from the grocery industry included:
—Rob McDougall, president/CEO, Gelson’s;
—Oscar Gonzalez, co-president/COO, Northgate Gonzalez Market;
—Kendra Doyel, vice president-merchandising, Ralph’s;
—Bryan Kaltenbach, president, Food 4 Less;
—Melissa Hill, director of community relations and government affairs, Albertsons.