‘Huge spike in sales’: DC running out of face masks as Trump declares coronavirus emergency

Washington-area hardware stores are running out of face masks amid fears of the coronavirus.

Ace Hardware, which boasts eight locations in the metro area, confirmed that it has completely sold out of face masks, and Lowe’s confirmed it has seen a “huge spike in sales.”

“We maxed out our order so that we can be able to provide [to] the community,” said a representative at Ace Hardware. “People are buying five packs at a time.”

The Trump administration declared the virus a public emergency today, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar outlined protective measures for U.S. citizens
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