Grocery Stores Staying Open, Supply Chains Strong

You don't need to stockpile supplies,

Andrew Limberg
March 26, 2020 - 4:27 pm
Grocery Shopping

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - While Allegheny and other counties are under a Stay at Home order from Governor Tom Wolf, grocery stores remain open and are considered and essential business.

“In our current COVID-19 pandemic, retail food workers are among the heroes,” said PA Department of Health Secretary Redding. “We need their workforce to remain healthy – physically and mentally – and encourage managers and employees to heed this guidance. For their own sake and for all who rely on their life-sustaining service.”

On Thursday, the department issued guidelines for stores to follow to continue to keep customers as safe as possible.

They include:

  • Customer protection,
  • Employee protection,
  • Facility sanitization,
  • Guidance for managing COVID-19 positive employees,
  • Recommendations for both managers and employees to maintain physical and mental health.

The department also reminds citizens that grocery stores, farmers markets and food banks remain open and that there is no need to stockpile supplies and no more than one or two weeks of supplies are needed,

“Pennsylvania’s supply chain is solid – farmers, production facilities, and truckers are all still working,” added Redding. “Buying more than you need only hurts other Pennsylvanians; it hurts those working to provide these essentials, it hurts your neighbors, and it hurts our food banks.”

 

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