10 things you must STOP doing in supermarkets during coronavirus lockdown – The Sun
FROM customers racing to fill their trollies to staff frantically trying to refill empty shelves – supermarkets are nothing short of chaos at the moment.
In particular, panic-buying, long queues and short supplies have become the norm in the majority of supermarkets across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates
And to try and restore order, many stores – including Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury's – have introduced new measures to keep customers safe in these difficult times.
However, as the customer there are also some simple things you can do to make everyone's supermarket experience safer and more enjoyable.
It comes as the number of cases of coronavirus in the UK has today risen to 29,474, with the death toll standing at 2,392.
Here, we take you through the main things you must consider and STOP doing in supermarkets during coronavirus lockdown…
1. Leave family at home
Some supermarkets across the country have implemented a one-in one-out policy to help ensure safe social distancing – and having a jam-packed store can make this more difficult.
If at all possible, leave the kids, spouse, and/or grandparents at home and shop by yourself.
The new rules have also meant there can be long queues outside stores at busy times – which is also perhaps not the best environment for children either.
2. Don't ignore markers
Many stores have taped markers on the floor that tell customers where to stand while checking out.
These markers ensure that customers adhere to the two-metres distance rule put in place to stop the coronavirus spreading.
In particular, look out another marker when you reach the till that encourages you to keep some distance from the shop assistant.
Make sure you're paying attention to all of the markers.
3. Don't violate special shopping hours
Since the coronavirus outbreak, many supermarkets have introduced special shopping hours to help the vulnerable and key-workers get their groceries.
This is because the elderly cannot get to the shops as quick as their young counterparts and NHS staff are busy at work trying to keep coronavirus victims safe and alive.
In particular, all emergency workers, including the NHS, can visit Aldi 30 minutes before stores open on Sundays.
Asda and Sainsbury's have both given NHS workers priority every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am, and at Tesco, the first opening hour of all its supermarket times will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable customers.
If you don't belong to one of those groups, steer clear of those hours as you'll be creating unnecessary danger for others.
4. Stay home if you're ill
As per government guidance, you should be staying at home if you're experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus – including a new, continuous cough and a high temperature.
If you need to get food, try to get a family member, or friend to do the grocery run for you.
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOW
Don't miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.
To receive The Sun's Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.
To folow us on Facebook, simply 'Like' our Coronavirus page.
Get Britain's best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.
Or if no one is around to help, get a supermarket delivery or takeaway delivery to keep you going until someone is able to go to the shops for you.
Make sure any delivery drivers leave your goods on your doorstep.
5. Don't pay with cash
If you can, you should use card or contactless over cash payment when possible.
Experts have revealed that coronavirus could cling onto banknotes in the same way it lives on surfaces like doorknobs, handrails and toilet handles.
And the fact that notes change hands hundreds of times during circulation means they pick up all manner of dirt and bugs as they're passed around.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) are instead urging people to use contactless payments in a bid to "reduce the risk of transmission".
6. Stick to ration limits
Rationing has been introduced by supermarkets for the first-time since World War II, in an effort to prevent coronavirus stockpiling.
Limits have been put in place on how many of one item you can buy per person across all products in all supermarkets.
In most cases this seems to be three or four items of any particular product per person.
Each store has different variations on the products its choosing to limit, but most have highlighted toilet roll, handwash, hand-sanitisers, anti-bacterial gel, pasta and cleaning products.
Tesco has added baked beans and milk to its list, while Sainsbury's has added all groceries to its list of limited items.
Make sure you stick to these limits and don't buy any more food than you need.
7. Don't touch things you're not buying
We're all guilty of picking up every item of fruit on the shelf and inspecting it for imperfections before we put it in our basket or trolly.
However, now is not the time for you to be picking up things you're not going to be buying.
For your own safety as well as everyone else's, try to only touch the items you intend to purchase.
Experts say it is very unlikely that coronavirus is transmitted through food, but it's best to be safe than sorry.
8. Try to avoid touchscreens
According to studies, the new coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to nine days – and, yep – that includes those touchscreens and self checkouts at the supermarket.
In particular, hundreds of people will be using touchscreens every day so they’re a great place for the bug to be deposited by infected individuals and be picked up by healthy ones, spreading the germ to new people.
If you can, try to avoid using a touchscreen if you can.
However, if you have to use one, make sure you wash your hands straight with hot water and soap for 20 seconds or use alcohol hand gel.
Lots of supermarkets will also be wiping down screens with disinfecting wipes.
9. Don't park next to others
Try to space out your car from others in store car-parks as much as possible.
This will help to ensure safe social distancing and mean you stick to the two-metres distance rule put in place to stop the coronavirus spreading.
10. Consider shop workers
Finally, make sure you remember that supermarket employees are working in a highly stressful environment right now.
They're putting themselves and their families at risk, and often for little pay, to ensure that you and your family can get your groceries and have food on your plate.
They're also likely to be feel anxious due to working in a job which involves them being surrounded by so many different people day-in-day-out.
If you're frustrated about something during your supermarket experience, just remember the shop assistant in front of you probably does not control it. Be kind.
As they say on High School Musical, we're all in this together.
Source: Read Full Article