Coronavirus Grocery Shopping Tips

Dianne G.

With most restaurants either closed or only doing take out, more people than ever are opting to eat at home. With more people eating meals at home, grocery shopping has been difficult. Stores are either out of items or they have placed restrictions on how many items you may purchase. Other stores have adjusted their schedules to keep up with being able to stock the shelves.

Unless you are over 65, sick, or have a compromised immune system, grocery shopping can still be done safely.

Unless you are over 65, sick, or have a compromised immune system, grocery shopping can still be done safely.

“In general, places that sell food are hard-wired for sanitation and hygiene,” Celine Beitchman, director of nutrition at the Institute of Culinary Education, told TODAY Food. Grocery stores try and keep food and sanitation levels as high as they can.

Health officials have not said that food is a source of transmission, but since the virus can live on surfaces for hours and days, and it is spread by human contact, it is important to stay smart and safe is probably one of the busiest places you could go to during this time.

Time

Early Morning

Prepandemic, it was said that early morning or late at night was the best time to go to the grocery stores. But many stores are cutting hours in order to be able to stock shelves properly and sanitize every night. And most people are working from home, so they might not be on a set schedule.

If you go to the store in the morning, you will most likely find a line to get in as many stores are also limiting the number of people that are allowed at a time. But, the shelves will be stocked, so you will more than likely find what you are looking for. Late at night, there will be fewer people, but they might be sold out on what you are looking for.

Some stores have introduced senior-only hours. Target has the first hour open on Wednesdays dedicated to seniors only. So make sure you call ahead to see if there are any time and age restrictions on when you want to make your shopping trip.

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