Precautions To Take While Shopping Groceries in Store During COVID-19
Published On 03 Jun 2020 By Sakshi Aggarwal
Tips To Keep Safe When Grocery Shopping During COVID-19: As people are asked to stay in their homes during Coronavirus lockdown in India, it has changed the way they used to shop for groceries.
While many are entirely avoiding to visit the grocery stores by turning to delivery services, others are visiting them by following necessary precautions.
To limit the exposure to the virus, they practice social distancing activities, wear a cloth or non-medical face coverings in public, follow hand hygiene, etc.
This article contains a few detailed suggestions that you must follow while shopping for groceries in-store or online, to make sure you do not catch the disease:
Tips To Limit The Exposure To Coronavirus Disease When Shopping In-store
So, how do you protect yourself while out shopping in grocery stores? Times have changed since the pre-coronavirus era. Unlike earlier times, when you went to the store and brought whatever you liked, now you have to make an inventory of necessary items only that you may require in the coming days/weeks and plan your visit accordingly.
Also, now you need to follow guidelines when shopping in-store for groceries in order to protect yourself and others from getting exposed to the highly infectious disease.
Here Are Some Tips To Keep Safe When Grocery Shopping Online & In-store.
1. Carry Your Own Bag
It is recommended that you carry your own bag when going to the store instead of relying on them for the same. Also, wash the bags properly after use in case they are reusable.
2. Wear A Mask
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when stepping out in public. This will reduce exposure to the virus in case any infected person in your surroundings cough or sneeze.
3. Follow The Social Distancing Rule
Keeping your distance from other people at the store is another way to slow the spread of the virus. It is advised to maintain a distance of at least 1 meters (3 feet) at the stores.
Check Here: Social Distancing Guidelines to Fight Coronavirus in India
4. Go Alone
Instead of tagging someone along and following social distancing practice thereafter, it is better to go alone at the store. Lesser number of people at the store will ensure more safety when standing in the queues.
5. Carry Your Own Disinfectants
WHO recommends washing hands with soap and water or a sanitizer. While not all the stores may have the facility of soap and water, you must carry an alcohol-based sanitizer (60% alcohol content) along and use it to disinfect hands whenever required.
6. Follow Hand Hygiene
After returning from the store, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Try not to touch objects at your home until you wash your hands.
7. Opt For Contactless Shopping If Possible
New technological advancements are now available that ensure contactless payment. This means you aren’t required to enter pin to pay at the store. Opt for the same if possible.
Otherwise, wash or sanitize your hands properly after making payment.
Tips to limit the exposure to coronavirus disease when shopping online
So, how do you protect yourself while shopping for groceries online? Online delivery is offering ease to many who can’t or doesn’t want to step out during the coronavirus outbreak.
It is a good option to minimize contact with the public. But remember when shopping online, that this is not the time to do impulsive shopping.
Keep scrolling to read what precautions you must take.
1. Avoid Direct Hand-off
Try not to accept the deliveries in person whenever possible. You can ask the delivery person to leave the groceries at the door near a safe spot. Also, follow social distancing when receiving your order.
2. Pay Electronically
Make full use of the benefit of online delivery by opting for online payment methods instead of handing over cash to the delivery person. You can also pay tips online.
3. Order In Advance
Online deliveries take time and hence you must order a few days in advance.
Coronavirus is spreading across the globe. But there are still no vaccines formulated for the highly infectious disease. In light of the fact, prevention seems to be the best cure one can consider.
So, to beat the pandemic, we also drive your focus towards the imperative of healthcare. It is recommended that apart from following the above-mentioned steps, one must also consider buying a relevant health insurance policy that covers expenses related to the coronavirus disease.
It will not only prevent you from financial burden during difficult times but ensure treatment at the best facilities in India.
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Lastly, remind yourself that you are not alone. We all are in this together.
Stay safe, stay healthy!