by Kennedy Mapes
Grocery shopping is a necessity, as it is how we get the food and items we need to provide for ourselves and our families, but COVID-19 can easily spread in these places due to the large amounts of people walking around, talking, and touching things. Because it is something we all have to do, there are measures we must take to safely grocery shop during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the risks of contracting or spreading the virus.
First and foremost, you should create a plan prior to entering the store. Create a list of what you need and know the route you need to take to get those things. Don’t wander about; don’t browse unnecessary aisles for amusement; don’t stop to talk to someone you know. Just get the things you need and head back home.
Don’t go shopping for just one or two things either. Plan your meals and make a list of items that will last you two weeks in order to eliminate unnecessary travel. Also, if you can, only send one person to do the shopping to reduce the risk of someone contracting something; don’t travel in groups.
The CDC is now recommending that everybody wears a mask in public. Whether you are infected, whether you have a cold, or whether you are perfectly healthy, a mask and gloves are pertinent to your safety as well as the safety of others.
Once you get to the store, please, stay 6 feet away from other people. I know you’ve probably heard this a million times, but it is crucial. Don’t go into any crowded aisles where you could brush up against other people. Be patient and remain 6 feet apart at all times. Also, refrain from touching anything you aren’t going to buy. Safely grocery shop during the coronavirus
Last, but not least, say thank you to the workers in the store who are in the middle of this crisis helping us all to fulfill our essential needs.
For a list of grocery stores offering reserved shopping hours to senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals, click here.