Social distancing is essential if we want to flatten the curve and protect our community. However, grocery shopping is essential to the well-being of you and your family. So how can you grocery shop safely during this uncertain time? Below we’ve listed four tips that will help you!

Plan Ahead

In general, you should be buying groceries for two weeks at a time (please don’t hoard food!). It’s important to plan ahead and not wait until your pantry or refrigerator is empty. Why? Because you need flexibility! Even though stores near OH Towns! like FreshCo Wentworth & Cedar and Food 4 Less are working extra hard to keep products in stock, you never know if they will be out of something on your list. However, planning ahead means there’s no need to panic because you can be flexible and buy substitute ingredients! Furthermore, if the store is too crowded, it’s better to come back at another time.

Bring Your Own Disinfectants

Practice safe social distancing while grocery shopping by bringing your own disinfectants and disposable gloves. You shouldn’t count on the grocery store’s supply, in case it runs out. What’s more, not all wipes and cleansers work equally well. For a full list of what products effectively kill SARS-CoV-2 click here. At the store, you should use your own disinfectants to wipe down the cart handles as well as the touch screen and buttons at the self-checkout. If you’re wearing disposable gloves make sure you don’t touch your face while wearing them. Dispose of them properly by pulling them off inside out and then making sure they go directly into the trash. It’s also important to wash your hands after wearing them.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is more effective than disinfecting all of the individual boxes and bags your groceries come in. As soon as you’re done putting your groceries away, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for a minimum of twenty seconds. Make sure to scrub in between your fingers, your palms, and the back of your hands. When you’re done washing, dry your hands with a paper towel and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet. This is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus after grocery shopping.

Try Ordering Online

If you want to shop for groceries safely, use “contactless” methods like ordering online. Fortunately, several great stores near OH Towns! are offering online services such as Real Canadian Superstore and Agostino & Nancy’s No Frills grocery store. By ordering online, you can order ahead, pay ahead, and then swoop in to pick up your groceries without needing to enter the store itself. This is not only a safer option for you, but it also helps keep the supermarket employees safer too. Now is the time to shop efficiently so you can go as infrequently as possible.

Remember, we’re all in this together, Toronto! The faster we flatten the curve the faster we can return to normal. So stay home as much as possible and minimize all trips, but if you have to get groceries you can help protect yourself and your community by using our tips. For more information, don’t forget to read our blog!

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