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Respectfully Yours: In time of coronavirus, courtesy may save lives

Monday, April 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST Special to The Press in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Going grocery shopping has taken on a whole new significance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. Can you recommend basic courtesies for navigating the grocery store to find what we need and remain safe?

Dear Reader,

Each time we head to the grocery store, we all wonder if it’s safe to do so and if we do, will we find what we need?

This thought is on the minds of fellow shoppers, apparent from the looks on shopper’s faces as they view the often bare shelves.

As tempting as it is to load up, this is the time to check yourself. Do you really need those last few bags of noodles on the shelf?

If everyone makes an honest effort and does his or her best, going to get groceries doesn’t have to be another stressful part of the “new normal.”

This is not the time to ignore common courtesy. Good behavior in the grocery store is more important than ever. We can all do our part during these difficult times to be a more considerate shopper.

It’s recommended to go to the grocery as little as possible and limit the time in the store. Go in with a plan to buy only what you need. There is a thin line between hoarding and stocking up for a couple weeks. There is no need to overbuy.

To protect other shoppers, be extra vigilant. Wipe down your cart before and after you go shopping.

It’s important to be mindful when selecting your groceries. Once you reach and pick up an item, consider it yours. For everyone’s safety, avoid touching food and putting it back.

Most importantly, wear gloves, a protective face mask, and keep a safe distance from other shoppers. Respect the six-foot physical distancing rule.

These days, being considerate may save lives.

Respectfully Yours,


Have a question? Email: Jacquelyn Youst is owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, specializing in etiquette training. She is on the board of directors of the National Civility Foundation.

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