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New requirements for food and grocery stores

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 1:15 PDT, Mon March 30, 2020

Retail food and grocery stores province-wide can continue to serve customers, while helping to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

The Public Health Act now prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people. This led many retail food and grocery store owners to question whether or not this order applies to them.

A provincial statement issued Sunday says while this order does not directly apply to the retail food and grocery industry, the spirit of the order should be followed. For example, large grocery stores that can hold more than 50 people at any given time may continue to do so provided customers can maintain appropriate physical distancing.

These stores must also follow a number of other guidelines, including ensuring staff practice proper hygiene, placing hand sanitizer dispensers near high-touch locations, and using physical crowd controls to ensure distancing in places like check-out lines.

For a full copy of the guidelines for retail food and grocery stores, click.

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