Protection

How can I protect myself? 

Wash your hands often with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with others, and clean frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wear a face mask or other cloth that covers your mouth and nose when going out in public.

Should I wear a face mask? 

Starting on April 19, all customers are required to wear face masks or coverings while shopping. This is according to an order signed by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. Businesses are required to deny entry to any individual who is not wearing a mask - unless that business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food. In that case, the business must provide an alternative method of pick-up or delivery of those goods. If an individual cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2) then that individual may enter the premises without having to provide medical documentation.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others:

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. 
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Do I need to use hot water when washing my hands? 

You can use cold, warm or hot water and soap and wash your hands 20 seconds or more. 

How do I properly disinfect surfaces?   

When cleaning use any product that kills germs. The CDC has a list of EPA approved disinfectants on their website. Wear gloves when cleaning, disposable or dishwashing gloves. If using reusable gloves wash the gloves with soap and water when you are finished and let dry completely before using again. 

IS IT OKAY TO GO TO STORES RIGHT NOW? IF SO, WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF? 

Starting on April 19, all customers are required to wear face masks or coverings while shopping. This is according to an order signed by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. Businesses are required to deny entry to any individual who is not wearing a mask - unless that business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food. In that case, the business must provide an alternative method of pick-up or delivery of those goods. If an individual cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2) then that individual may enter the premises without having to provide medical documentation.

To reduce crowding, businesses are limiting the number of customers at one time in their stores to no greater than 50 percent of the number stated on their certificate of occupancy. They are also supposed to install shields or other barriers at registers and check-out areas to physically separate cashiers from customers and mandate adequate social distancing of 6 feet from others.

Where carts and hand baskets are available, employees are supposed to be assigned to wipe down those carts and baskets before they become available to a new customer. When touching items at the store use your best judgment. If you feel you should wipe the items with disinfectant before placing them into your cart, then do so.

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