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REDUCING COVID-19 EXPOSURE RISK WHILE GROCERY SHOPPING
While most people have been ordered to stay at home to reduce the risk of exposure to covid-19, grocers have been ordered to continue full operations in order to provide access to fresh groceries. As employee-owners of Holiday Market, we are fully committed to carrying out this obligation in a manner that minimizes the potential exposure risk to both our customers and us.
HERE IS WHAT WE ARE DOING:
- SANITIZING. Every Holiday Market store has personnel dedicated exclusively to sanitizing all fixtures and high-touch areas. In addition, customers have access to sanitary wipes at the entrance that can be used to wipe down the handle of your cart.
- STORE HOURS. In order to prevent crowding, we are maintaining our normal business hours of operation. Seniors and those at greater risk are advised that our first and last hour of operation continue to be slow with the fewest shoppers. While other retailers tried special “senior hours” the unintended result was larger crowds, which we are all trying to avoid.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING. We have posted signage throughout the store reminding customers to maintain 6 feet of distance with others. Furthermore, at the check stands, we have marked the floors for proper spacing of customers waiting to check out. All seating areas have been closed and all self-service prepared food cases have been temporarily converted to fresh packaged food options.
- PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE). While not required by current directives, all of our employee-owners have access to gloves and the option of wearing them. We are not providing masks for two reasons: 1) there is a shortage of masks and all available masks need to go to health care workers who are at the greatest risk of exposure; and 2) current health directives do not recommend face masks for grocery employees. However, because the closest point of contact is usually the face to face encounter at the point of sale, we are installing plexi-glass shields to protect the customer and the cashier from an inadvertent cough or sneeze.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. HERE IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP:
- SOCIAL DISTANCING. It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Be kind to those who forget: a gentle reminder will usually suffice.
- ISOLATION. If you are sick and/or have a fever, please stay home. Ask a family member, friend or neighbor to go to the grocery store in your place.
- PURCHASING: THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF FOOD. However, you are seeing some empty shelves because our supply chains are not designed to meet the demands of the panic buying and/or over buying we saw over the last two weeks. If we all simply buy what we need for the week, our shelves will stay full for everyone.