Social distancing at supermarkets

Posted on March 24, 2020 by

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Shopping at my local Whole Foods Market was an eye-opener in a good way yesterday. WFM embraced the new normal of social distancing in the era of COVID 19 by having 6 foot tape in front of the meat and seafood counters, and tape spaced at the check out aisles to separate customers. There are no more pizza bars, hot and cold food buffets, a small price to pay to be healthy.

Stop & Shop and Albertsons, the parent company of Shaw’s and Star Market, are installing Plexiglas shields at the registers in all of their stores this week as a precaution during the coronavirus outbreak. The “sneeze guards,” as Albertsons dubbed the barriers in a recent press release, are among a number of new preventative measures at the two chains aimed at protecting workers and customers in the midst of the pandemic.

To further encourage social distancing, Stop & Shop is only opening every other register lane when possible, as opposed to opening lanes right next to each other.  The supermarket is also placing signs and floor markers reminding people to stand six feet from each other at each register, on front doors, and at other places within the store where customers typically congregate, such as the deli and pharmacy. Brogan says the signs feature an image of two shopping carts, which is about six feet, as “a helpful visual.”

Stores like Big Y are supporting food banks and other charities during this crisis.

You would be hard pressed to find a grocery store that didn’t have dedicated hours for seniors or people with compromised immune systems.

Walmart has onsite federal COVID 19 testing sites in their parking lots in Chicago.

Both Target, Walmart and Stop & Shop have online ordering and pick-up. Your regional grocery stores amy have it also.

Want take out or delivery? National and local restaurant delivery and curb-side pick-up may be are available.  Support your local restaurants. They need your business.

Today in Hull Massachusetts there was a snowstorm that took down power lines and caused angst amoung local residences who stocked up on food and perishables. One woman said on local news, I have extra ice come and get it.

Be safe everyone, we will get through this.


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