We remind all to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing. We need to continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The city of Minneapolis’ face mask mandate is still in effect. This means that people in Minneapolis are required to wear cloth face masks or coverings when they are in an indoor place of public accommodation, including grocery stores. To assist you with this, we have a supply of disposable facemasks available for customers. Please ask the staff member at the store entrance if you would like one. Please be aware that there are medical exemptions to this mandate and avoid making assumptions about the medical status of fellow co-op shoppers. Thank you for your support, compassion and understanding.
Tips to Practice Social Distancing while Shopping
Grocery stores provide a critical function in our community during a time of crisis, and we are committed to remaining open. This means that we all need to do our part to provide a safe workplace and shopping experience for co-op employees and customers. Our priority is the well-being of employees and community members. Please help minimize behavior that may increase the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing in our stores and other public spaces. If you are sick or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath), please do not visit our stores. Please shop alone, rather than with a partner or family.
It is recommended that people stay at least 6 feet apart in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We all need to learn this new skill together. Try to proactively communicate with people who are in the space you want to be in, rather than just going near them. For example, if an employee is stocking groceries near a product you are seeking, please alert the staff of your needs and allow time for the employee to move away. When in line, try not to crowd, instead allow ample space between yourself and the next person in line.
Social distancing is not just for you, it’s also out of consideration for fellow community members. While in our store, please be extremely aware of other customers and co-op employees, and maintain approximately six feet of space between individuals.
We have installed social distancing aids—as pictured below—on our floors throughout the store including our checkout lanes. These aids are a reminder to maintain 6 feet—about two shopping carts—apart from staff, shoppers and fellow community members
Here is what we are doing to support social distancing at our checkout lanes:
- There is a single point of entry to the checkout line to ensure there is an equitable flow.
- Shoppers waiting to checkout are physically separated from shopping areas using barriers outlining where the line starts and flows through to the checkout lanes.
- Floor stickers provide visual reminders to customers to maintain social distance while in line.
- Cashiers use flags to indicate to customers when available for the next customer in line.
Our employees–especially the cashiers and other workers on the sales floor–are working hard to support the community during this time of crisis and uncertainty. Working in a public space during a pandemic is very stressful for our staff. Please minimize behavior that may increase the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing in our stores, and in other public spaces. Again, we are so grateful for our staff and the kindness and compassion of our community.