While grocery stores and other essential stores remain open to serve residents as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a guide on how to safely shop for food and other household essentials.
Some local grocery stores have implemented their own additional guidelines to help keep shoppers safe. Please follow their guidance to the best of your ability.
- Avoid shopping if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Have someone shop for you, or have groceries ordered online to be dropped off at your home.
- If possible, order food online for home delivery or curbside pickup.
- Only visit the grocery store in person when you absolutely need to.
- Go during hours when fewer people will be there, like early morning or late evening. If you are at a higher risk of severe illness due to an underlying condition or age, Fareway and Hy-Vee have implemented special shopping hours for people at high risk.
- Stay at least six feet away from others while shopping.
- Wear a cloth face covering while shopping.
- Disinfect the shopping cart.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Use touchless payment if possible. If you must use a credit card or cash, disinfect your hands as quickly as possible. Also, wash your hands when home. This means singing Happy Birthday twice, or for at least 20 seconds.
For more guidelines on how to take care of essential goods during the pandemic, visit the CDC’s guide on their website.
For all City of Johnston COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our webpage at www.cityofjohnston.com/COVID19.