Mask Update

The state of Oregon is now mandating everyone wear masks, face coverings or face shields in public places.

We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support of our safety practices since the pandemic began. We had to make adjustments along the way and you’ve been right there with us adhering to the new rules as they come along.

Our latest move is to require all people over two years of age who enter the co-op to wear a face covering (scarf, mask, face shield) without exceptions. Our greeters and management are strictly enforcing this 100% face covering rule for the co-op. Unfortunately, we started to see too many people without masks claiming a medical reason for being unable to do so. It began to make staff and other customers feel unsafe.

For individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, or for folks who are unwilling to wear a face covering, we are offering a reasonable accommodation by way of our free online shopping platform. It is getting rave reviews from customers and gives access to all items that the co-op sells inside the store. We also have some face shields available, please ask our greeter.

We continue to diligently sanitize all high-touch surfaces throughout the building. Co-op employees undergo a health screening before each shift and we are exercising an abundance of caution when staff members feel unwell.  Our HVAC systems are operating with air scrubbers that use UV lights and ionization technology to sanitize the air while it recirculates with the dampers fully open (so fresh air is continuously brought in). Be sure to try our hand washing machines as you enter the store too. And, of course, masks do no not replace physical distancing, so please continue to maintain six feet from co-op staff and shoppers.

Thanks for your understanding during this challenging time. Together we can continue to make the co-op as safe as possible for all your healthy food needs!

General Manager Matt Stanley can be reached at matt@astoria.coop.

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