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November 25, 2020
Shop Smart, Santa Fe: Keep Grocery Stores Open

Thank you to all the hard-working essential employees working to safely serve our community

Shop Smart, Santa Fe

Please Help Slow the Spread, and Keep Grocery Stores Open

Thank you to all the hard-working essential employees working to safely serve our community.

Santa Feans, we are all in this crisis together, including the associates and store workers who are putting in long hours to make sure we all have access to food and other essential supplies. Right now, we all need to shop smart to help our essential workers. So, please, when you go to the store, follow the distancing rules, and remember to be polite, patient, courteous, and kind. It will help everyone if we help each other.

When our essential workers get sick, it puts additional stress on other workers to keep our stores running. When too many employees get sick in one place, the entire store has to shut down. Help keep our stores open: Don’t bring COVID-19 to the store with you. If you don’t feel well, don’t go. Stay home and ask for help.

If you are going shopping, put on your face mask. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. When you get to the store, stay 6 feet away from other shoppers and store employees. When you get home, wash your hands again. A little bit of patience and caution will go a long way toward helping protect our essential workers.

Here are other ways we can shop smart and help each other during this time:

Shop Ahead; Limit Your Trips

Limit your trips to the store by buying supplies for the whole week, not a day. It’s not hoarding—it’s planning.

Stay Home If It's Not Essential

Looking for decorations, or trying to return an item you've been meaning to take back for a while? Wait. Stick to essential trips only to reduce the strain on our stores.

Solo-shopping Trips

It can be fun to bring the whole family to the supermarket/grocery story—but not now. When a family of 2 or 3 or 4 people goes shopping together, it limits the number of people who can be in the store, makes for a more frustrating experience while waiting in line, and slows everything down for everyone. Please, one shopper per family.

Shop for a neighbor or family members

If you have a neighbor, a family member, or a friend who shouldn’t be going to the store—and you can shop for them—it will help them stay safe and also shorten the lines. Fewer shoppers means shorter lines.

Use curbside pickup

Avoid lines by using curbside pickup rather than going into the store. Check to see if your favorite store offers this option.

Use delivery services

Get a delivery service to bring your groceries to your home so you don’t have to go out and the store can service other shoppers more safely.

Check Store Hours; Shop at Different Times of Day

Some stores are opening early—at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m., but going to the store first thing isn’t always the way to find a shorter line—in fact, when everyone goes early, it creates a longer line. If you can, try to shop during the day, when others may be working.

Use “virtual lines" or specific time shopping slots when available

Some stores are using “virtual lines” where you can use your smartphone to be “in line” without being physically in line. They let you know when it’s your turn. If that’s an option at the store where you like to shop, try using it.

Our essential employees are putting in long hours, under incredibly stressful conditions, to make sure we all have access to groceries and supplies. Show them your thanks by reducing the number of times you go to the store, and by being safe while doing so. We are all in this together.

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