As grocery stores are considered essential during shelter-in-place policies, they remain open to shoppers (with limited hours and people allowed). To keep yourself and others safe during this pandemic, here are some tips to follow while visiting:
Before You Go:
- Create an inventory of what you have and which items you will need.
- If possible, have only one person from your household go.
- Wash your reusable shopping bags.
- Avoid all unnecessary or frequent trips.
At the Store:
- If in a waiting line, maintain the 6 ft. necessary for social distancing.
- Stock up on 2–3 weeks of food, medication, toiletries, and household cleaners.
- Purchase frozen fruits and veggies (which contain the same nutrient levels as fresh).
- Wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
- Avoid person-person contact. While it might be possible to get in contact with the virus on surfaces, most cases are spread with close personal contact.
- Wipe down the handle of your shopping cart with disinfectant wipes
- Avoid as much contact with your phone.
- Never cough or sneeze on your hand; use your elbow/arm and immediately wash your hands.
- The CDC is now recommending that everyone uses a cloth face covering in public.
- According to the FDA, there is no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19; therefore, there is no current need to disinfect groceries.
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