Tips for staying safe at the grocery store
Share these tips to help others stay safe at the grocery store.
By Lorelei Yang, Countable News
At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, experts agree that it's safer to have groceries delivered via no-contact delivery if possible.
However, there may be a variety of reasons that compel you to continue shopping for groceries in person. If you must shop in-store, here are some tips to stay safe while pushing your cart through the aisles:
Maintain social distancing
- Maintain social distancing at all times. That means at least six feet of space between you and others.
- Don't crowd against others in aisles and in the check-out line.
Cover your face
- The CDC now recommends that all Americans wear cloth face masks when out in public, including at the grocery store.
- No face mask? No problem. We'll teach you how to fashion a DIY mask here, using a variety of materials.
- Leave N95 respirator masks or surgical masks to healthcare workers, who are still facing a shortage of protective personal equipment (PPE).
Avoid touching your face
- Try to avoid touching your face—your eyes, nose, and mouth can be points of entry for the novel coronavirus.
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after going out.
- Use hand sanitizer when out.
- If you use gloves, use disposable ones and throw them out before getting in your car or as soon as you get home.
- Wipe your grocery cart or basket down with sanitizing wipes.
- Use wipes that are on the EPA's list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2.
Minimize contact with the cashier
- If possible, try to avoid exchanging money or credit cards with the cashier.
- Use contactless payment or a credit card reader when possible.
Dispose of or clean bags and surfaces
- If you use paper or plastic bags that were handled by another person (e.g., a bagger at the store), discard those bags upon returning home and wash your hands.
- If you're using reusable cloth bags, wash them upon returning home.
- Wipe countertops down after putting groceries away.
Avoid going to the grocery store if you're a member of a vulnerable population
- Certain vulnerable populations - people over 65 and those with certain medical conditions - are at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
- If you're a member of a vulnerable population, you should avoid going to the grocery store if possible.
Share these tips to help others stay safe while going to the grocery store.
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