Inquiries Regarding Social Distancing at Grocery Stores, Markets & Essential Retailers
Post Date:04/10/2020 3:40 PM
In response to recent complaints and inquiries we’re receiving related to social distancing at grocery stores, we’d like to provide information as we know it, based on the most recent Shelter in Place Order (Order) issued by the Alameda County Health Department, dated March 31, 2020. Grocery stores, pharmacies, farmers markets, hardware stores and stores essential for office/business supplies are encouraged to remain stocked and open for the general public. All of these stores, deemed essential, must implement measures to encourage physical distancing. The Order requires businesses to post their social distancing protocol, limits the number of people allowed in a store at one time and provides guidance on how to control shopping lines. While the latest Order helped clarify business activities, it does not provide best practices or specific standard for doing so. Over the last week, Fremont Police staff working in the capacity of compliance, have been visiting grocery stores throughout Fremont. They noted all of the stores have implemented procedures designed to safeguard community members through social/physical distancing. In some cases, stores have added plastic barriers to protect employees, directional markings in aisles to direct foot traffic and cleaning/sanitizing measures to protect patrons. Our staff highlighted these specific measures as some of the best practices taking place in our community. While we encourage essential stores to implement similar measures for everyone’s protection, we are not able to mandate that they do so. As consumers, we all have choices as to where we do business. We would encourage our community members to only leave their home when absolutely necessary and try to limit visits to essential stores and retailers. On a final note, we ask that everyone do their part to limit contact with people not living in your household. If you visit a store and you feel other customers are ignoring safety measures, or not adhering to physical distance measures, take the necessary precautions to distance yourself. We all need to set good examples for one another and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay healthy and safe Fremont! Alameda County Public Health Order FAQs.