Grocery Store Visit Safety Precautions

While deliveries are safer and encouraged during the coronavirus pandemic, sometimes a visit to the store is necessary and doctors recommend taking precautions if you must.
Taking a trip to the grocery store can be a daunting task as you start to think about the possibility of becoming exposed to the virus and questioning whether you are taking the right steps to protect yourself while you are out.
Here are safety precautions that may answer some of your questions.


  1. Always wash your hands before going out and as soon as you return home.


  1. Keep social distancing – make sure to maintain a buffer around yourself of about 3 to 6 feet as recommend by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


  1. Visit during off-hours to avoid large crowds.


  1. Use the self-check when available and use hand sanitizer after.


  1. Wear a cloth face mask when out in public as recommended by the CDC. Here’s a DIY tutorial for a quick and easy way to make a face mask using a scarf or hanky.


  1. Wear disposable gloves and throw them out before getting into your car. Do not touch your face while wearing them and be mindful to dispose of them in the garbage.


  1. Do not use your phone when in the store. If you must, clean it when you get home.


  1. Use wipes provided by many grocery stores or your own to wipe down the grocery cart and other high-touch areas in the store such as freezer handles.


  1. Avoid exchanging money with the cashier. Use a credit card to pay on your own when possible.


  1. Dispose of plastic bags and cardboard containers and wash your hands. It is not necessary to wipe down cereal boxes and other packages. Washing your hands while at home is still the best way to reduce the risk of contagion.


  1. Wash raw fruits and vegetables with water always before eating.


  1. Change your clothes when you get back home and place used clothes in your laundry hamper to later wash in hot water.


Avoid going to the grocery store if you are over 65 or have a medical condition that puts you at greater risk for a serious illness or hospitalization. You can try ordering groceries online or have family and friends deliver them while taking precautions. If none of these options are available to you try visiting the store during hours reserved for seniors to avoid large crowds.