The original Household Executive order from an earlier Pandemic Pantry post has now been amended twice. The following is the Amended Household Executive Order for grocery shopping:
You are now allowed to go to more than one store per week so long as I need or want something that you cannot find at a single store. You no longer have to shop with the old people and are permitted to go at times when store traffic isn’t busy. You will always wear a mask and keep your distance from everyone else in the store. You may wander up and down the aisles like you usually do (but do it quickly). You no longer have to abide by the original “do not shower before going and decontaminate immediately upon return” section of the original decree. The decontamination protocol is suspended for the time being but may be reinstated at any time in the future without advance notice.
When you return from the store you will wash your hands for 20 seconds then put the groceries away. Place the bags of grocery items on top of the newspaper on top of the kitchen island. Any and all paper and plastic bags will not be recycled. They will go into the garbage along with the newspaper that covered the island surface. Disinfect the items you think need disinfecting. If you choose not to disinfect an item I must be informed of these items and agree not to touch them for 72 hours.
Don’t buy any more tuna.
The grocery store was not busy at 3:00 pm but busier than I expected. I managed to find everything on my list.
- Toilet paper and paper towels were well stocked.
- Cleaners and disinfectants aisle was not.
- Meat was plentiful.
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, bagged salads all in ample supply.
- Dairy, cheeses, eggs were well stocked.
But the best part of my shopping trip had nothing to do with food. I estimated around 90% of the customers were wearing masks. I only wish more of us would care more about the health of others and wear masks. The number of grocery stores I shop at now is a short list. The behavior of both store management and the customers pretty much determine where I shop. As an example at the liquor store I’ve been shopping at for over 16 years all of the employees wear masks. If you decide to shop indoors you must wear a mask. Despite the fact this store offers curbside minimal contact purchasing I like shopping in store. Plus the times I’ve entered the store I’m typically the only customer there. Apparently most of the other customers prefer curbside or delivery.
Stay safe. Wear a mask. Don’t go to these places or events: