During this novel COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all concerned about staying safe in public places. And while many of us our doing our best to limit unnecessary trips to the store, there are still essential shopping outings that just can’t be avoided.
The trusted personal injury and premises liability attorneys at Hinton & Powell want to keep all of our Georgia neighbors protected as they venture back out into the world, so when you need to visit the grocery store, pharmacy, or any other Atlanta business, use the following tips to keep yourself as safe and healthy as possible.
The coronavirus is new, and because there’s still so much to learn about it, it’s best to follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local and state health officials. According to the infectious disease experts, there are several actions you can take to make your shopping expeditions as safe and comfortable as possible, including:
Wear a mask.
Some stores require you to wear a mask when inside the premises, but even if it’s optional, consider wearing a cloth face mask when out in public places. A mask that properly covers your mouth and nose can help filter out large particles and droplets that could negatively impact your health. Besides giving you additional protection, wearing a face mask is also a way to help prevent passing any infections to people you may come into contact with.
Shorten your shopping window.
Consider shopping at non-peak times, like in the early morning hours or at the very end of the day. These times tend to see less people in the stores, which can give you more space to socially distance as you shop. You should also have a list and plan before you arrive at the store to minimize your time inside and reduce your exposure to germs.
If you can get the products and services you need through online options, consider using them. Many local stores and restaurants offer convenient online ordering, curbside pickup, and at-home delivery services to give you greater peace of mind.
Have sanitizer readily available to clean your hands, vehicle, packages, and anything else that may have been touched during your shopping trip. If you need to use a cart or basket inside the store, be sure to thoroughly wipe it down before you proceed with your shopping.
Maintain social distancing.
Be respectful of other people’s space. When you’re shopping, stay six feet apart from others and follow any one-way aisles or movement plans the store has in place.
Limit what you touch.
Remember that other people have probably touched those same items you’re looking at in the store. Be mindful of what you’re picking up and try to touch only those things that you need.
As a shopper, do your part to promote safe and healthy practices. We’re all in this together, and by following protective guidelines when we enter stores, we can help flatten the curve and keep Atlanta safe.
We want you to feel safe when you’re shopping, but if you feel that your personal wellbeing has been jeopardized, turn to the talented team at Hinton & Powell. As premises liability experts in Atlanta, we have the knowledge and skill to give you the justice you deserve.
Please give us a call or contact us online to learn more or schedule a consultation. We’re here when you need us most, so don’t hesitate to reach out to Hinton & Powell.