Here are more tips on how to navigate grocery shopping while on vacation.
Review your business policies.
Many stores have added new restrictions and taken extra precautions for the holidays. Be ready to stand in line outdoors. For example, Walmart, Wegmans and Kroger have all announced that they will limit the number of customers in the store. Have lots of stores imposed purchase limits on items in high demand such as toilet paper, paper towels, serviettes, disinfectant wipes and hand soap. Costco members with an illness that was previously exempt from wearing a mask; Now everyone over 2 must wear a mask or face shield.
Avoid peak hours.
Avoiding the crowds will lower your risk. It is best not to shop after noon on Saturdays. until 3pm – This has been the busiest time to shop for groceries according to the past few months Google Maps data. Grocery stores are the least crowded on Mondays at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving WeekWednesday is the busiest day of shopping. At lunchtime the bakeries were busiest, the grocery stores were full between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. and shopping in the liquor store peaked at 6 p.m.
Some stores offer senior shopping hours and post information about the best time to shop to avoid the crowds. Wegmans adds live outdoor cameras to large stores so customers can check online how busy the store is before leaving home.
Should I wipe my car?
Shopping venture are germinal However, at the best of times, cleaning the cart isn’t strictly necessary if you are careful not to touch your face and wash your hands. Many stores sell disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer at the entrance, or you can bring your own. Some stores disinfect the carts several times a day as part of their regular cleaning procedures. Dr. Marr said she wiped her shopping cart before shopping, but no longer does it. “I’m just trying to make sure I don’t put my hands and fingers in my eyes, nose or mouth and wash my hands when we’re done,” she said.
Should i wear gloves?
Gloves are not recommended or required when washing your hands after shopping. In fact, people often contaminate their phone or steering wheel with their gloves, defeating the purpose of wearing it. Skip the gloves and just wash your hands.
How do I stay safe when I check out?
Grocers are frontline workers who come into contact with the masses. A study of 104 workers in a Boston grocery store found that about 20 percent of workers tested positive, even though the prevalence of the virus in the community was only about 1 percent at the time. Many stores have added clear plexiglass shields to separate employees and buyers, and have implemented regular employee testing programs. At Wegmans, cashiers have to clean and disinfect their registration belt and station at least once an hour and take a hand-washing break every 30 minutes. At checkout, keep your mask on, limit conversation, opt for contactless payment (swiping your own credit card), and pack your own groceries if possible to speed things up. Remember, shop workers are at the greatest risk. So be patient and thank them for their service.
Should I wipe my groceries?
Many of us spent the early days of the pandemic wiping food and leaving packaged goods untouched for a few days just in case they were contaminated with the virus. But scientists have since learned that your risk of getting coronavirus from a surface, including food container is extremely low. “If it makes you feel better, there is nothing wrong with quickly wiping with a soap cloth,” said Dr. Asaf Bitton. Managing Director of Ariadne Labs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The most important thing is that you wash your hands really, really well.”