The coin shortage signs, which blend in well with all of the signs about the face covering mandate from the governor, are usually located at or near the register of the store. Some signs are more vague and just request customers use a card if possible. Quincy Autozone is one of the local shops that has one of these kinds of signs posted.
According to an article by the Washington Post, the nationwide coin shortage is a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic shutting down so many businesses has disrupted the circulation pattern and supply chain of U.S. coin currency. The article also states that the U.S. Mint’s production is also to blame for the shortage because they have not been able to produce as many coins as before due to the measures they had to put in place to protect employees against COVID-19.
It is unknown how long the coin shortage will last or how long it will take to get coin supplies replenished, according to the article.
Jacob Compton at Washington Federal Bank in Quincy said that he received an email about two weeks ago stating that they would be limited in how much change they could order for the branch. This has resulted in the branch saving their change orders for businesses and not for private individuals. He mentioned that this was a nationwide issue and that he had heard about a friend in the banking industry who was having change issues in Tennessee.
Jeanne Brindle, assistant manager at IGA Quincy Market, said that so far they have not been affected much, but that they are asking customers to use exact change when possible. She also said that so far change orders at the bank have not been an issue, but that they have been warned. IGA has a coinstar that they are able to use when needed, which has also helped them, Brindle said.