Manitobans continue to adjust to the new measures implemented in grocery stores to protect staff and customers from COVID-19.
Health officials in Saskatchewan said Monday that some infections in the province could be traced back to grocery shopping.
Although no evidence so far has taken place in Manitoba, the head of the province’s provincial health service said Tuesday, the reason the shops had been ordered to help you stay safe by implementing physical distance measures.
“We are working on a rather detailed analysis of our first group of patients where we might be able to pull more information out of it,” Dr. Brent Roussin, when asked about this problem. “We only know that this is the reason behind social distance – it really lives at home.”
“When you go out, that’s when there’s a risk of being exposed or exposing others. So stay home, when you go out, practice keeping a social distance. Wash your hands often. “
COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets during close contact with infected people who cough or sneeze. It can also be contracted if you touch your mouth, eyes or nose after touching an object that is contaminated with COVID-19, however, it is uncertain how long the virus can live on the surface, according to the Canadian Public Health Agency (PHAC)). PHAC said there was no evidence that the disease had been transmitted through food.
Officials say that a greater risk will come to contact with someone who has a virus or exposes others when you are not at home.
On Monday, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer linked COVID-19 cases in the province with groceries shopping. Saqib Shahab advised residents to avoid hitting shops too often.
“We have seen in a number of our cases recently that many of them are actually individuals in households who go shopping,” Dr. Shahab at a Monday press conference in Regina, Sask. “So, it is very important for us to think about who is shopping and how often.”
Grocery stores have improved strategies to allow physical distance for weeks.
“If you follow the rules and regulations, I think you will be safe,” said the grocery shopper Chuck Black after taking a few things at Food Fare in Silver Heights.
A line formed outside Safeway in Osborne Village on Sunday morning when shoppers entered the shops one by one. Once inside, they are ordered to take a cart and follow the arrows on the floor that guide people through the hallway to keep traffic moving in one direction and allow physical distance. Similar measures have been implemented in stores throughout the city.
Last Friday, Costco adopted a new policy that only allows two people per membership card in its store. A union president size representing 7,500 Manitoba grocery store workers would like to see it taken further and carried out by other retailers.
“People can do one customer, one train rule, that is if you have a large family don’t take them to the grocery store,” said Jeff Traeger, head of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832. “Bring one person with one train to shop. “
Public health officials do not give specific numbers about how many people are allowed to enter the grocery store at one time – it will be very difficult and can vary greatly depending on the size and design of each store – but to ensure customers can practice physical distance, several stores set their own limits.
“We are down to 40, now we are looking down a little lower to around 30, 35 at a time,” said Food Fare owner Munther Zeid, referring to the location of Silver Heights.
Zeid said he would soon start reintroducing the direction passageway to keep traffic moving in one direction after the health supervisor strongly recommended it.
“We’ve tried it but many customers are against it because it kind of keeps the customer in the shop longer,” he said.
Black said it ultimately depends on customers to buy and respect store policies to help keep everyone safe, something he says most people do.
“Everyone keeps their distance,” he said. “They don’t need to be told. If someone stops and there is no room, everyone stops. When they continue, we continue with them.”
CTV News asked several large retailers for specific figures about how many people they allowed in their stores at one time. Although there are no exact figures, some large retailers have indicated that they limit the numbers based on the size of their stores.
Most retailers say if there is a problem, the staff will give a warning to the buyer.
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