As you probably know, initial instances of panic buying led to a lot of shortages in grocery stores. Pasta, canned goods, and personal hygiene products all flew off the shelves. As stores begin to restock and shelves are full again, people should now be able to comfortably get their necessities. However, it’s important to keep practicing social distancing. Since getting groceries is a must, you don’t really have a choice on whether you get to do it or not. Here are a few ways in which you can get groceries in a responsible and safe way.
Getting Groceries Safely
If you are going to the grocery store, it’s important to make sure you are safe in more than one way. First of all, wear a face mask. This isn’t just a random suggestion, for it is now required to wear a mask in public as per LA County regulations. Maintain your distance from other shoppers, respecting lines if the store is regulating the number of people going in. If you use a cart or a basket, use a disinfectant wipe to clean the handles before taking them. Avoid touching surfaces and limit your time there. After all, it is still a crowded environment that receives a lot of people. You don’t want to take your chances. Lastly, don’t panic buy and shop responsibly.
Other Ways to Get Food
Certain people more vulnerable to the virus, such as seniors and immuno-compromised individuals, should probably avoid public spaces as much as possible. This means that, if possible, they should find other ways to get groceries. Finding grocery delivery services can be quite useful, although a lot of delivery services have packed slots. This is when it’s important to maintain a sense of community and solidarity. If you know someone who shouldn’t be risking themselves at the time, offer to get groceries for them or at least ask if they need any help. At times like these, it’s very important to help each other.