Where are you? Did the government come up with an explicit list of which goods are essential? Do the restrictions also apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, and hardware stores (which sell all sorts of stuff too), or just the big box stores?Only retail selling essential goods may open to the public at maximum 25% capacity. All retail & restaurants may continue to sell for pick up or delivery. Since this was leading to stores like Walmart to be mobbed, they may now only sell said essential goods and must make all non-essential goods inaccessible to in-store shoppers. They were given a couple of days to make that happen before hefty fines would kick in. Stores have put down stacks of pallets to block aisles or literally shrink-wrapped shelves. This is going to cost the stores and therefore all of us in rising prices, but appears to be the only way to deter the crowds and level the playing field for stores that don't sell essentials.
News crews hit parking lots to interview shoppers. One "brilliant" young lady said she didn't think the restrictions were real so she headed to Walmart to buy a TV and Christmas decorations only to be shocked to find out it was all true. She said, "I'm so surprised! I guess the world really has changed. I mean how can you only buy essential things? I'm having anxiety about it." Duh!
There were also 2 other adults in the car with her despite urgings for people to shop solo if at all possible. (Obviously this cannot be a hard and fast rule because people like single parents with young children have little choice in the matter.) I have to say this woman appears to be a prime example of why we have had to be legislated into our current strict restrictions.
Unfortunately not heeding these measures when they were "just" recommendations has cost us in rapidly escalating community spread and, most disastrously, DEATHS of PEOPLE.