As a cooperative with two grocery stores, Seward Co-op plays an essential role in the community. COVID-19 guidelines like social distancing and wearing masks have become a part of everyday life. We have maintained our ability to keep the doors open and provide goods and nourishing foods throughout these challenging times in large part because of the collective concern for community among Seward Co-op owners and shoppers. Effective Thursday, Jan. 6, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul reinstated mask requirements for businesses amid a rise in COVID-19 cases brought on by the Omicron variant.
Under Minneapolis executive order, patrons, employees, and visitors must wear a mask in all businesses, including bars, restaurants, museums, schools, and retail locations. Our dining and seating areas will remain open with reduced seating to facilitate social distancing, and patrons must wear a mask when they are not eating or drinking. The requirements do not apply to young children under the age of two and people who cannot medically wear a face covering.
Plexiglas shields remain in high-contact areas at our stores and masks are available to anyone upon request. We continue to encourage staff and community members to practice handwashing and stay home when ill. Whenever possible, shoppers are encouraged to shop alone and socially distance themselves from one another. Our Seward To Go pick-up and delivery service offer contactless shopping options to make shopping more safe and convenient for everyone.
Please accept our appreciation and gratitude for your continued patience, cooperation, and support.