Long Island shoppers prepare for weekend trips to grocery stores with health concerns in mind

Lines are already growing at many Long Island grocery stores, meaning social distancing is being temporarily put on hold in the name of feeding families.

News 12 Staff

Mar 27, 2020, 7:25 PM

Updated 1,571 days ago

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Though people worldwide are being asked to stay inside, food supplies are wearing thin for many, leading them to plan a dreaded weekend trip to the supermarket.
Lines are already growing at many Long Island grocery stores, meaning social distancing is being temporarily put on hold in the name of feeding families.
Experts say taking precautions for these supermarket trips is very important. Different stores are doing different things to both keep their employees and customers safe -- from limiting the amount of people inside to curbside pickup.
Tom Corbisiero, director of operations for Uncle Giuseppe's Market, has plenty of measures in place.
"We have preventative measures at the front of the store where we have someone stationed sanitizing the carts and offering wipes to the customers coming through," he says. "We have sneeze guards that we've installed. All the touch points in the store, where you might touch a time clock or anything as far as surfaces -- all are sanitized."
With the newly enacted plastic bag ban, some shoppers have concerns over reusable cloth bags.
"People are coming in with bags, and as a physician I know that people aren't washing their bags necessarily," says Andrew Chilicki, of St. James. "So now if you do have a person COVID positive in that house, it could potentially be living on that bag that they bring in."
But Donna from Smithtown says first and foremost to keep others in mind while you're shopping.
"Try to be courteous, not crowd people and just make the best of it," she says.
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