Staying safe on essential errands

April 26, 2020
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Staying safe is the order of the day and the best way is to stay at home. But there are times we need to get some

Staying safe is the order of the day and the best way is to stay at home. But there are times we need to get some essentials like go to the market, supermarket, pharmacy, petrol station.. How do we ensure we are safe in likely crowded areas:-

Tips for when you run errands:

  • Plan and be organized. 

Have your list of supplies ready so you can get in and out quickly. Plan for items you’ll need over the next 1-2 weeks so you can limit your number of outings. This includes food, cleaning supplies, medications. See what you can order online to eliminate the errand. Remember your sanitizer,face mask and gloves

  • Go out during quiet times.

That is also when the store is likely cleanest because many stores are closing early to deep clean at night.

  • Social distance.

While you are out stay 6 feet away from others. This can be tricky in the grocery aisle, but many stores are trying to accommodate as best they can.  

  • Keep your hands as clean as possible and don’t touch your face.
    • Use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit places.
    • Wipe down your shopping cart handle with a disinfectant wipe.
    • Use toilet roll or gloves for POS.
    • When you get home wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and clean your reusable bags.

Stay connected

Before our world turned upside down with COVID-19 many of us took for granted getting together with friends and family at our homes, in restaurants, or at festivals or concerts.  We didn’t think twice about the privilege of shopping. We do need to stay connected, more now than ever before, but it cannot be through physical interaction with people outside of our home. It will be through phone calls, video chat, social media, and a rapidly growing array of online services. We can do this, and save lives, by simply staying home.

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