The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our way of life in more ways than one, including how we grocery shop. Over the past few weeks we have been told to social distance, stay at home, and work from home if possible, but that doesn’t change the fact that we have to eat.
Whether you choose to shop online or head out to the store, here are the best tips for conscious and safe grocery shopping:
Before you go
Planning is key
- Sit down once every ten days (or more) and create a comprehensive shopping list of ingredients for the next weeks planned out meals, to avoid having to visit the stores for last-minute ingredients.
- If possible, utilize a delivery service. Getting groceries delivered helps reduce spread of COVID-19 from people who are infected but don’t show symptoms, and also reduces the number of people going into stores, which makes it easier to follow social distancing rules. If you can’t get delivery, try shopping at off-peak hours.
DON’T bring the whole family
- Governor Andy Beshear recently ordered that only one adult per household go grocery shopping at a time to reduce the number of people in stores at one time. In addition, leave children at home if at all possible. Children tend to touch more surfaces without realizing it, and may inadvertently pick up more germs.
DON’T go if you are sick
- It is very important that you don’t go to the store if you are experiencing any symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or if you believe you have been exposed to the virus.
At the store
Make sure to sanitize
- Make sure to wipe down your cart with a disinfectant wipe and use hand sanitizer before entering the store and after leaving.
Wear a mask
- The CDC now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings when they go out. This recommendation is intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from people who are infected but don’t realize it because they aren’t showing symptoms.
Practice social distancing
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others. If you see your friends or family, give them a wave or a nod, but avoid hugs and handshaking.
Utilize contactless payment options
- Apple or Google Pay is your safest option. If you do not have those services or your grocery store does not accept that form of payment, use a credit or debit card and avoid cash.
DON’T touch your eyes, nose or mouth!
When you get home
Wash your hands immediately!
- The CDC recommends washing your hands with hot water and soap for 20-seconds.
Rinse your produce
- At home, the CDC suggests following food safety guidelines:clean, separate, cook, chill.