The news around the COVID-19 outbreak is constantly changing, but information about food safety and how to keep yourself healthy is crucial right now. Here is a comprehensive list on the foods you should be stocking up on during this period of social distancing, as well as information about your local grocery stores’ changing hours, an explanation of “no-contact delivery,” and a guide on how to help your community and its businesses throughout closures.
Grocery stores are monitoring the developing COVID-19 pandemic and are adjusting their policies in response. While many are functioning on limited hours, Trader Joe’s has made the decision to close some of its locations for the safety of staff and customers.
Eight Trader Joe’s locations have been closed due to coronavirus concerns. The company is closely monitoring their employees during this time, and closed down stores that have employees with suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Trader Joe’s is constantly updating a list on their site of stores that are closing. Some of the locations that were previously closed have already been reopened after being fully cleaned and restocked. Trader Joe’s plans to reopen all of its locations once these steps are taken.
At the time of publication the closed locations span Manhattan, New York state, Maryland, and New Jersey. During the closures, Trader Joe’s is guaranteeing pay for employees who had scheduled shifts during the time the store was closed.
Each grocery store chain is taking measures to guarantee the safety of its employees and customers. All chains are keeping people up-to-date with what they’re doing on their websites, including extra cleaning procedures, frequent shelf-stocking, and some grocers have even installed plastic shields at checkout counters to limit human contact. Grocery delivery services like Instacart are looking to keep up with demand as individuals turn to contactless grocery shopping through similar apps.
To stay informed about what stores near you are adjusting their policies, check out our running list of grocery store hours.