How safe am I when I go to the grocery store?

Since the risk of infection depends on the level of exposure and the duration of exposure, running errands is a relatively safe experience. You won’t be in stores for a long period of time while shopping, and as long as you wear a mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize your hands before and after leaving, you’re risk of exposure is low.

But here are some tips to further reduce your risk:

  • Shop infrequently. Plan your trips and needs so that you are only going shopping every one or two weeks.
  • Have a list so you aren’t wandering around the store, but instead going in and out to get what you need.
  • Go shopping at times when the stores are less crowded. Many stores are limiting the number of people allowed in at a time, so follow that guidance so you’re not left standing outside in line waiting to get in.
  • Be aware of the times set aside for older and vulnerable people to shop, and don’t go during those times if you don’t have to.
  • Pay by credit card if possible, reducing the exchange of cash increases the risk of exposing others.
  • Know the stores rules around using your own bags before you go.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Only touch what you’re going to buy
  • Wait your turn
  • Be patient, everyone is getting used to this and doing their best
  • If you aren’t comfortable or others aren’t practicing social distancing, leave and come back another time.
  • Try to consolidate your trips to one store. Going to multiple stores increases your exposure and cross contamination.
  • Use curbside pick up if possible.
  • Don’t leave wipes, gloves, or other garbage in the cart of on the ground.

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