PA Food Stores Taking Extra Measures During Coronavirus Outbreak
As the Coronavirus continues to affect the majority of the United States, experts have been keeping a close eye at Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, which is predicted to become a new hot spot, according to the White House COVID-19 Response Team. Though city officials and health experts have noted that the city hasn’t been hit hard so far, they are nonetheless taking the threat very seriously, as are many retailers and grocery stores throughout the area.
Right now, stores are doing everything they can to help contain and stop the spread of the coronavirus while remaining open for essential business. Stores like Giant and Wegmans are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of both shoppers and workers by limiting the amount of people allowed to shop.
On Saturday, Giant announced that the stores are adding extra measures to keep families as well as Giant team members safe. This includes single entrances and exists, one-way aisles, and proper distancing in checkout lines. In addition, Giant noted that starting Monday, April 13th, store employees will monitor the number of customers allowed in a store at one time, and ask that only one person per household shop in stores.
In addition, Wegmans has taken the safety of customers and workers seriously, and implemented similar measures, such as social distancing in lines, sanitization, and Plexiglas shields at checkout. The chain also announced yesterday that employees go through a wellness check before the start of each shift. The wellness checks include questions as well as temperature checks. Right now, Wegmans is operating its store at 15-20% its maximum capacity, according to a news release last week.
Though none of us are sure when the virus will slow down or go away, the extra measures taken by stores in our area can help make all the difference. Thank you!