Tips for Grocery Shopping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tips for Grocery Shopping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus is affecting thousands of people every day—kids are home from school, families are stuck inside, and grocery stores and hospitals are some of the only things open. For people with any sort of disability or anyone who’s immunocompromised, this time is especially stressful and scary. If that’s you, take a look at these tips for grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Figure Out Parking

Before you head to the grocery store, you need to do some reading up to see what precautions the store is taking. See if there are special hours for the elderly and those with disabilities, as that will make parking and the whole shopping process much easier. You should also read up on how the coronavirus is affecting disabled permit parking holders, as this will help you figure out where you can park and provide some other important tips for driving and parking during this time.

Organize Your Shopping List

Another thing that you need to do before you head to the store is to organize your shopping list. Do not walk into the store without a list that has only the items that you need. You don’t need massive amounts of toilet paper or multiples of everything. In fact, more stores are placing quantity limits on the items you purchase. We’d also recommend steering clear of items that have a WIC sticker on them, as those are the only items that people who use WIC can use to feed their children.

Wear a Mask and Bring Gloves

At first, it didn’t seem like it was a big deal to just go to the grocery store regularly. Now, it’s important to keep your nose and mouth covered with some sort of mask and to wear gloves or bring lots of hand sanitizer with you.

Avoid Passing People When You Can

The six-foot distance is a guideline that will seem quite hard to follow if you’re in a crowded grocery store. Most are putting rules in place allowing only 100 or so people in the store at a time, and some even have tape on the floors to indicate six-foot distances. In addition to these precautions, avoid passing people when you can. Make a loop around to a different aisle if the one you need is full—the wider berth you can give, the better.

If You’re Concerned, Ask for Help

Lastly, if you’re concerned about going shopping on your own, reach out for help. Ask a neighbor, call a family member, or order your groceries for delivery. Though this time is scary, people are coming together now more than ever to help one another. Ask for help when you need it.
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