Tallahassee grocery stores looking to keep customers safe during coronavirus

Stores taking steps to reduce exposure to COVID-19
Tallahassee grocery stores looking to keep customers safe during coronavirus
Posted at 12:48 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 06:56:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Going to the grocery store for most is the only time they leave their house since COVID-19... not knowing what germs they may come in contact with.

We're showing you what your everyday grocery stores are doing reduce exposure.

The first thing you touch when walking into the store... your basket... most likely used by more than one person in a day.

If not cleaned, it could mean the transfer of germs.

Sam's Club off Capital Circle along with other stores are wiping down baskets as customers come in.

Just down the road on Mahan Drive, Walmart is setting up a line for customers to walk through and get hand sanitizer as they enter.

Saturday, all Walmart's started limiting the number of customers that can be inside the store.

According to corporate, only five people will be allowed for every one-thousand square feet.

Moving to Publix in Lake Ella... the same trend of sanitizing baskets, and most employees had on masks or gloves.

The chain is also encouraging customers to check out with the app so they don't have to touch pin pads or risk contact grabbing their receipt.

Publix and Winn-Dixie will soon be installing plexi-glass particians at registers.

Winn-Dixie, along with disinfecting... is also not allowing any refunds, exchanges or self-serving food options.

Target is like the rest...doing basic deep cleaning, but there is no limit on how many people can be inside the store.

Fitting rooms are closed and clerks will only bag your groceries with paper or plastic...no reusable bags.

Back on Mahan Drive, Costco is only allowing two people per one membership card.

They are also limiting the amount of product you can buy.

Family Dollar and Piggly Wiggly are notifying customers of the dangers of the virus through signage throughout the stores.

Many are also recommending using pick up features to reduce contact and exposure...and of course abiding by CDC guidelines if you must go shopping.