Tips for Shopping

From a letter from Tina Kotek, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives (rep.tinakotek@public.govdelivery.com)

Tips for Shopping

Many folks might be able to order their groceries ahead of time and have them delivered to their home or pick them up outside the store. [Sundance is working on a remote shopping program. We will announce it on our web site soon. There will be no extra charge for remote shopping during the COVID crisis.]

So, what to do? Be careful and only shop when you need to. Here are some tips:

  • Use special hours if they are available and you qualify – for example, you’re older or you have an underlying health issue. Conversely, don’t go to the store during hours reserved for vulnerable people if that’s not you! [Sundance is reserving 7-9 AM for vulnerable groups.]
  • Social distancing is critical in grocery stores. Grocery shopping is an essential activity, but it’s important to limit your contact with others as much as possible. Allow 6 feet of distance between you, your fellow customers, and grocery store employees as much as possible.
  • Wipe off or sanitize self-checkout stations before use, whenever available.
  • Bag your own groceries. If a check out person bags your groceries, make sure you wash your grocery bags or throw them away as soon as you get home.
  • Wash your hands and change your outer clothing as soon as you get home. Put your clothes in a dirty-clothes container until you can wash them.

Most importantly, think about others. Please, do not take more than you need for a week or two! Delivery systems and stores are working in overdrive to keep stores stocked and open. Although restocking takes time, supply chains remain open. If we refrain from hoarding things, everyone will be able to get what they need, when they need it.