Shopping safely during Covid-19 involves abiding by physical distancing measures in order to keep yourself and others safe during this difficult time.
The Department of Health has issued a list of measures you should take to protect yourself while shopping.
The physical distancing measures recommended while shopping are as follows:
- Clean hands, avoiding touching your face and physical distancing – these are the most effective preventions from COVID-19 when shopping;
- Please respect everyone around you – staff and fellow shoppers alike;
- You are free to travel more than 2km for essential supplies such as food, medicines and household cleaning items;
- There is no need to stockpile food or other essentials – but buy enough for the week to reduce your need for many visits to shops;
- When shopping for your food and essential items, ensure you keep 2 metres distance between yourself, staff and fellow shoppers;
- Keep to 2 metres always – that means when browsing and queuing, inside and outside;
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, which you should dispose of into a bin afterwards;
- Cooperate with any in-store safety measures provided.
Flatten the curve
The Department of Health stated: “These guidelines are for everyone’s benefit, let’s come together and stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s in our hands, flatten the curve.”
They also recommend that if you are over 70 or in a vulnerable group, it’s best for you to stay home entirely. Order online or ask someone you trust to drop shopping at your door.
Video source: Department of Health YouTube