Northwest Grocery Association: Stop stockpiling food and supplies
Last updated 11/17/2020 at 10:13am
In response to Gov. Jay Inslee's four-week shutdown order, the Northwest Grocery Association urges Washingtonians not to panic in their purchasing habits.
Washington grocers will continue to meet the demand and need of Washington consumers, the organization said.
Depending on your local grocer – such as QFC in Edmonds – this may include proactive purchase limits on certain products.
"We are seeing little evidence of the need to stockpile," said Holly Chisa with the Northwest Grocery Association. "Our supply chains remain strong. We urge Washington consumers to be patient with each other and our grocers as limits are enforced, if necessary, to help prevent stockpiling or hoarding.
"We understand that when case counts increase so does anxiety. We are encouraging customers to purchase only what they need and leave the rest for their neighbors and friends."
The governor's new orders only impact grocers in two ways: reducing the capacity limits from 30% to 25%, and requiring closure of their seating areas. For this reason, grocery stores will operate almost exactly as they have throughout the pandemic, with the exception of returning to procedures to count entering and exiting customers.
Accordingly, customers have no reason to change their shopping habits, the organization said.
Since the beginning of the COVID crisis, grocery stores have required extensive safety measures in all stores to safeguard the employees, customers and supply chains, ensuring stores are open, cleaned regularly and stocked for customers.
"We can't stress enough the need to wear a mask at all times outside of the home," said Chisa.
"Our store employees have been doing this for months and know that when they wear masks for an entire day's work, they are protecting themselves, their co-workers and their community, and need the same consideration from all customers."