How can I stay safe when going grocery shopping?

You can take several steps you can take before, during and after you go grocery shopping to keep yourself and others safe.

Before you go

  • Only make needed trips. Don't go to the store if you're sick, and be extra cautious if you or a loved one is more likely to get sick from COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Consider ordering groceries online for pick up or delivery.
  • Check for special hours. Many stories offer special shopping hours for people over 60, pregnant people, and those with medical conditions.

At the store

  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Use hand sanitizer or an antiseptic wipe to clean the handles of a grocery cart or basket.
  • Keep your distance of at least six feet between you and others, even in the checkout line.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Don't touch your face.
  • Save some for your neighbors. Only buy what you need so there will be enough for everyone.

When you get home

  • Wash your hands.
  • Practice food safety. Don't disinfect your groceries. Wash your fruit and vegetables as you normally would.