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Frequently Asked Questions

As a grocery or food retail worker, how can I protect myself and slow the spread?

As a grocery or food retail worker, potential sources of exposures include close contact for prolonged periods of time with a customer with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after handling items, cash, or merchandise that customers with COVID-19 have touched. See the CDC website for full prevention guidelines.

As an employer in the retail industry, is there anything I can do to protect my workers?

If you are an employer in the retail industry (e.g., pharmacies, supermarkets, and big box stores), there are a number of steps you can take to protect your workers. These steps include, but are not limited to: Encouraging workers to stay home if they are sick, providing a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol, practicing sensible social distancing, and using a drive-through window or curbside pick-up when possible. See OSHA website for full guidelines.

Please check back frequently to see new and updated resources.

Plan for sector reopening (coming soon)

The Navigator’s office is actively working with a diverse set of representatives from across this industry to develop industry-specific reopening health guidelines. These health guidelines are designed to help businesses prepare for reopening by providing clear guidance on key topics including, but not limited to:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Employee health and personal hygiene
  • Customer expectations
  • Social distancing
  • Facility safety
  • Employee support

We are also compiling industry best practices and other material to help support you over the coming months. Please check back soon for updates!