- Is there an essential reason that I must leave home? Can it wait?
- Am I sick? If so, stay home. Call doctor’s office before showing up.
- Not sick? Go out and wear mask, wash hands. Avoid touching your face. See #1.
- Prepare before entering a store. Get payment method and sanitizer ready. Leave phone in vehicle if possible. If phone is needed, place in a disposable (Ziploc) bag during use in the store to prevent touching it.
- Try to stick to 1 store instead of multiple, even if that means spending a small amount extra for an item you may typically buy somewhere else.
- Stretch out visits to essential stores to 2+ weeks if possible.
- Stay 6 feet away from other people while inside the store.
- There are risks and benefits of gloves vs none, wipes, sanitizer. How to do it safely
- Ask cashier to sanitize their hands before they touch your merchandise and then your card after if they touch it.
- Decline help carrying groceries to your car. If you need help, ask that person to sanitize hands before touching your items.
- Once returning to your vehicle, sanitize your hands.
- Limit the number of customers into your business if possible. Encourage 1 person per vehicle/household to come in if possible.
- Ensure employees and customers can practice social distancing measures at all times.
- Close your waiting room or show room if possible and implement measures to conduct business in creative ways, such as over the phone, by text, by internet, or while the customer is in a vehicle.
- Control and protect areas where transactions occur by discouraging cash use, encouraging credit card or touchless payment options, and ensuring employees are sanitizing before and after each transaction.
- Provide protective barriers for employees including face coverings and “sneeze guards”.
- Place hand sanitizer at your checkout station or desk if you have it and encourage customers to use it after they are done with the transaction.
- Wipe down high traffic surfaces as frequently as possible.
- Have a safe and practical policy for employee screening and a return to work policy.
- Tell customers the steps you are taking to protect them. People are more likely to visit your establishment if they know that you are going to great lengths to keep them safe. People talk and they know which restaurants and businesses are doing this right.
- Be a positive source of encouragement to other businesses like yours to follow best practices.