Retail Shopping During COVID-19

Story by Jakara Bullard

Graphic by Kaylee Winter

Before COVID-19, it wasn’t common to see long lines of customers waiting outside of stores, and standing six-feet apart. For the most part, shopping was hassle free. People were able to come and go as they pleased without having to remember to grab their mask and sanitizer.

Malls have been a popular place to hang out with friends, and not a lot of people saw shopping online as a necessity until COVID-19.

Shutdowns in multiple states, the 6-foot distance rule and mask requirements caused a shift, not only in the present, but also for
the future. Many people wonder how they will be able to physically shop without having to deal with the hassle of waiting several business days for their favorite pair of shoes or jeans to show up to their door.

Although, shopping in-person may never be the same, it is still possible.
Prior to entering a store, it is imperative that everyone wears a mask, more specifically, a cloth mask.

According to the Mayo Clinic, cloth masks are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. They have a better protective barrier than surgical masks and are easier to keep germs trapped. This will help prevent shoppers from spreading COVID-19.

There are plenty of stores that sell clothed masks at reasonable prices. Some stores selling cloth masks are Old Navy, JCPenny and Target. Carrying a small bottle of sanitizer is an essential as well. Making sure your hands are clean from touching outside surfaces such as door
handles, hangers and money is helpful.

The CDC recommends using sanitizer that is made of at least 60% alcohol. Places to get this specific type of sanitizer are Walgreens and CVS.

When entering a retail store, use their provided cleaning wipes to clean any basket that may be used. These cleaning wipes are typically at the front entrance of the store. This is to help shoppers take precautions due to the amount of people who’ve touched the basket throughout the day.

Shoppers may have to wait to enter a store; understand that it is for the safety of others and yourself. There is a maximum capacity of customers allowed in stores at one time.

To pass time while waiting in line, you can surf the internet to stay updated on new COVID-19 information. If you’re ever confused on the policies for stores, they often post signs on their display window explaining what is
needed from their consumers.

Shop safe and stay smart.