More Coronavirus Precautions

In a continued effort to keep providing the community with groceries in the safest manner possible, we are making additional changes until further notice that include the following:

  • We will no longer accept outside reusable containers in the store. This means no reusable grocery bags, no reusable bulk containers, and no can/bottle returns. We will cover the state-mandated bag fee.
  • We are not accepting returned items. If you’re unhappy with a purchase, we will evaluate on a case by case basis.
  • All bulk foods are now prepackaged.
  • We cannot accept special orders due to difficulties with distribution.
  • No cash is accepted at this time. Credit, debit, gift cards, checks and EBT only.

We ask that you keep the health of yourself and community in mind. If you are experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the store. Use the hand sanitizer dispenser we have at the entrance before shopping. Keep at least six feet of distance between fellow shoppers and staff. If you must cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow.

The coronavirus we’re trying to protect against spreads easily and lives on surfaces for a long time, so keep in mind, “if you touch it you buy it”. Meaning, please do not peruse produce with your hands. A staff member would be happy to help you select the perfect fruit or veggie.

We’re taking a myriad of measures so we can continue to provide a vital service to you and the community in a safe manner. Some other big changes include no self-serve food or in-house dining, limiting the number of shoppers in the store at one time and a reduction in hours to allow more time for stocking and sanitizing.  We have assigned a staff person to sanitize touch points throughout the day.

We have received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding our new precautions. It’s great to have this encouragement in a very difficult time and thank you for your support! We are always open to your feedback and suggestions. You can reach us at store@astoria.coop.

7 thoughts on “More Coronavirus Precautions”

  1. Thank you so much to the Co-op for all these measures! We appreciate you very much!! I do have a question that might not be easily answered. Being in the at risk age group, I’m trying to determine whether it is safer to shop myself since you are limiting the number of shoppers in the store at a time; or to take advantage of the order and curbside delivery shopping. My concern on the order & curbside delivery is, though I know that you guys are trying very hard to take precautions, what if the person shopping and/or the person delivering is an a-symptomatic carrier. Do you have any thoughts on this? Again thank you so much for all that you are doing! And I understand if that question is just too difficult to determine.

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    • Shelley,

      We appreciate your kind words of support. There’s really no way to know if someone is an a-symptomatic carrier. I can let you know that we’re being strict that employees showing any signs of cold/flu-like symptoms stay home. I haven’t seen any other stores in the area taking the kind of precautions we are, so personally I only feel safe shopping at the co-op right now. I guess you will have to decide which option you feel most comfortable with.

      Take care,
      Zetty

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      • Hi Shelly and Zetty;
        I always wear gloves when I go out, and I carry hand sanitizer with me. I sanitizer my gloves before I touch car door handles and the steering wheel when I get back in my car. When I get my groceries home I wipe all of them down with sanitizer while still wearing my gloves. Even produce – I don’t buy greens – and I wash the rest. I even rinse my mushrooms in a strainer and never eat them raw.
        Further, I have heard it is wise to step out of your clothes as soon as you get home and throw them in the washer; then immediately go to the shower before sitting down anywhere. (I’ve heard that the virus can attach to hair and so I assume your clothes as well.)
        Pretty crazy, but it’s pretty crazy times!

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  2. Thanks Zetty. We are definitely shopping there, just trying to decide which option to use. We are so grateful to the Co-op for all you are doing. What a blessing to actually have options for safe shopping!! Thanks again you guys!

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