I am self-isolating at my out of town cabin.
Last Saurday, I visited Kamloops to pick up a prescription and groceries for someone who is not well.
I want to thank all those people who are working in the stores so the rest of us can shop.
I was surprised to see some smaller businesses diligently cleaning surfaces, door handles, etc., while the bigger stores did not offer sanitizer and did not clean the basket handles or debit pinpads.
Cashiers at the bigger stores did not practise social distancing from customers or co-workers, did not wear gloves and did not regularly clean the space around them.
I was concerned especially about those hands that touched the items I purchased for my sick neighbour. I hope there will be better methods in coming days — with a lack of wipes, bleach and hand sanitizer on the shelves, we can’t try to sanitize our purchases to prevent introducing the virus into our homes.
There is no room to be complacent here as many of those testing positive were asymptomatic and were likely spreading the virus to others before they even knew they were ill. We have to be extremely cautious in our day-to-day contact.
Lastly, I was surprised to see the shelves had more bare spots than during my visit a week earlier.
If the goods are in distribution centres, the powers-that-be need to be swifter in removing the barriers to get restocking happening.
Leaving empty shelves will only reinforce panic shopping and hoarding.
Take care of yourselves and each other.