Local Grocery Stores Implement Limits on Number of Shoppers

“Continuing to take steps to promote social distancing”

Wal-Mart via social media, 3/31/20

OBSERVATIONS: Ever since grocery stores began carrying a limited supply of essentials, particularly toilet paper, milk and fresh produce, the panic-buying/hoarding all witnessed last month both in Chicagoland and nationwide has been limited to the month of March.

And while grocery store shopping no longer contains the “panicked”/”anxious” looks of shoppers that was witnessed three weeks ago, the pendulum has swung in the other direction, to being too casual.

While trying to be “socially distant” and respectfully not wanting to crowd people, too many shoppers have turned a trip to the grocery store into family outings. Seems unwise, as grocery stores are a petri dish of infections waiting to happen.

Until the National Emergency is over, now is not the time to be reading labels in stores apart from freshness dates. And geez, cut the chit-chat.

This comment from a gentleman on Twitter appears to be common sense:

“Couple of things people can do [grocery shopping]:

“1. Come alone. If you ‘need’ to accompany someone for help, leave that person at home.

“2. If you must go with another person, which you shouldn’t, keep your mouth shut in the store. Don’t talk and spread germs all over the place. “

Someone on Twitter with ideas I agree with
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While wearing masks outside of the home is strongly encouraged by the authorities, but still not required, local grocery stores are implementing additional policies as a response to people taking the continuing National Emergency too casually.

Take this announcement on Saturday from Meijer, with stores in McHenry County:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer announced today additional steps it is taking to make its stores safe for both shoppers and team members. In addition to amplifying its communication to customers about social distancing practices, Meijer is now asking its customers to limit the number of shoppers who come to the store on each trip.

Following are the newest steps the retailer has taken to help make the stores as safe as possible: 

  • Asking customers to limit the number of shoppers per trip, while understanding that some customers may need additional assistance.
  • Implementing processes to monitor the number of customers in our stores. This includes managing the number of customers shopping to support proper social distancing practices.
  • Conducting daily health screenings and temperature checks of team members as they arrive at the store.
  • Completing installation of protective plexiglass shields at all check lanes and pharmacies in its 248 supercenters and stores.
  • Adding signage and broadcast announcements inside the store educating customers about proper social distancing.
  • Temporarily suspending the weekly sales ad beginning April 12 to decrease customer count inside the store.

These new steps supplement the previous actions the retailer has implemented, which include: 

  • Suspending the use of re-usable bags by customers in its stores unless they’re being used for the retailer’s Shop & Scan program.
  • Discontinued accepting beverage containers for return at its Michigan stores.
  • Temporarily removed Sandy the Pony from the front end of its stores.
  • Placed decals on the floor 6 feet apart in areas where customers may congregate, such as lines for check lanes, pharmacy and service desk counters.
  • Suggesting customers use the length of their shopping carts to gauge appropriate distance from others where there aren’t decals on the floor.
  • Implemented reduced shopping hours to support deeper cleaning overnight and re-stocking efficiency.
  • Implemented dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions and essential service workers.
  • Encouraging use of the “express pay” option through the Meijer pharmacy enhanced text messaging program, which provides a contactless experience when picking up most prescriptions.</p>

“We continue to look for additional ways to ensure the safety of our customers and team members in the face of this difficult challenge.

“By working together, we can reduce the spread of this virus and help keep our communities safe.”

Meijer President & Chief Executive Officer Rick Keyes, 4/4/20
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Those old enough to remember the gasoline lines at local gas stations in the late 1970s, and waiting outside in lines to go into a convenience store while being a minor are having flashbacks. That is what grocery shopping will become until the National Emergency is over and the pandemic ends, which may not be until mid summer.

But locally, while stores allow groups of 10-12 customers to enter the store at one time, monitoring and allowing customers into a store will become dependent on a customer leaving the store as soon as this week.

Grocery shopping in 2020 is like buying gasoline in the late 1970s, something you have to get up early in the morning and wait in line until the stores are open to get a limited supply.


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Local Grocery Stores Implement Limits on Number of Shoppers — 22 Comments

  1. Lies, all lies. There is NO planned demic!
    Don’t fall for any of it. Here are your rules for how to survive the new world order –

    First and foremost: TURN OFF YOUR TEEVEE! They are programming you with mind control. You will never understand truth while you are under this occult spell. (And don’t watch ANYTHING on Netflix!) [Also unplug from any social media. They are just repeating lies and causing mass hysteria.]

    1. Do NOT EVER wear a mask. You are breathing your own carbon dioxide and making yourself dizzy and sick by wearing something that does NOTHING to stop any nanoparticles. Why would you risk your health because of something that makes no sense?

    2. Do NOT put sanitizer anywhere on your body. Would you drink that stuff? Then why would you put it on your skin? You are poisoning yourself and injuring your own immune system.

    3. Do NOT keep six feet away from other humans. This is a total lie they call social distancing. Touch is healing! Human beings NEED touch. Babies that do not get touched fail to thrive. They are preparing you for their new world order where no one will ever be allowed to touch anyone.

    4. Get all the WiFi and Bluetooth junk OUT of your house and your car. It is a targeting device to hone in on you while it will eventually destroy your immune system.

    5. Do NOT eat junk food. NO fast food. It is poison.

    6. Do NOT take prescription drugs. They are all poison to your body.

    7. Do not let anyone tell you to close your business. Non-Essential is a joke. They want you subservient to only them. Your business is essential to your livelihood. Do NOT let anyone convince you that you are not essential. They have no authority to inhibit your God-given rights to move about freely on His creation.

    8. Do NOT under any circumstances take any “test” for fake viruses. NEVER give up your DNA. You are already in their databases. You don’t need them to target you based on your DNA. Every single individual has its own unique DNA! It is your immune system. Protect it like your life depends on it because it does.

    9. Pray to God for discernment and nothing but truth. Trust no one but Him.

    10. Go outside. Talk with your neighbors. (Yes, hug other humans!) Be a human and engage life.

  2. Cindy, except for saying to pray to God, I’d say that the retard is strong in you today!

  3. I just read that Walmart will stop selling garden seeds, in some areas.

    Food is THE ultimate weapon.

    Just watched a video about how 1/2 of the world will stop using the US dollar for international trading.

    Trumps sanctions on Iran are backfiring.

  4. Good advice. Thank you satan. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, hug your neighbor, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  5. This timeline can not be emphasized enough …
    Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control.”

    Jan. 24: “It will all work out well.”

    Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully.

    Feb. 2: “Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China.” “…we did shut it down, yes.”

    Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

    Feb. 14: “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

    Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

    Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better.”

    Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

    Feb. 27: “Only a very small number in U.S., & China numbers look to be going down. All countries working well together!”

    Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well…There’s one who is quite sick, but maybe he’s gonna be fine.”

    Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

    March 6: “We did an interview on Fox last night, a town hall. I think it was very good. And I said, ‘Calm. You have to be calm. It’ll go away.’ ”

    March 9: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

    March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

    March 11: “I think we’re going to get through it very well.”

    March 13: National Emergency declared.

    and

    “I don’t take responsibility at all”

  6. I know that this blog censors some comments… can it start censoring Cindy’s dangerous comments?

  7. Unless there is a stranding yourselves in the Andes, with a team of cannibal soccer players angle to all this, I really don’t give a crap.

  8. Good idea for stores to limit the amount of shoppers in the store at any given time. Stores could also
    encourage and ask people to move quickly through the store to gather items for purchase.

    Some stores play games with shoppers by regularly changing the location of various items. Have seen stories about Costco doing this to encourage shoppers to spend more time walking around and searching to find an item and then perhaps see something else and IMPULSE buy it. Have experienced this at Costco.

    All food stores should adjust their policy to always have categories of items in the same place, same aisle as much as possible and then inform shoppers at entrance to store.

  9. I take it back. Cindy should not be held accountable.

    There are obviously other things at play with her.

    I just encourage people to ignore what she says.

    When this has calmed down, we can chat about it.

  10. satan, could you please add a #11 to your list with advice on how poisonous is this sunshine blog? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  11. You mean I can’t hug the grocery store cashier anymore? Outrageous! Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, hug a blogger, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  12. Please remember Cindy gets her advice directly from god.

    Did she get those new commandments atop Mt. Hubris.

  13. I post not to mock. This is sad. But since Cindy gets so much air time in these comments, thought it was relevant to the conversation…..

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/04/texas-woman-who-claimed-covid-19-was-media-driven-hoax-dies-from-virus/

    “MAGA”: Karen Kolb Sehlke, a Trump-loving woman from Texas is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax.

    In a sad, cautionary tale of willful ignorance and hubris, Karen Kolb Sehlke is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax “controlled by the radical people in powerful places.”

    In a long-winded Facebook rant Sehlke claimed that “our government is under attack from within” while comparing the coronavirus to “the impeachment hoax” and arguing that those who take the current pandemic seriously “panic like sheep.”

  14. Genesis 8:21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

  15. Stephen? That’s very nice but what does that have to do with being brainwashed and begging for enslavement?

  16. Cindy I was throwing you a bone. I guess you aren’t intelligent enough to get the connection. So much for thinking for yourself.

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