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How to Shop for Others Safely 

The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to keep people apart. That’s not always possible, though, especially when it comes to shopping for food and medication.

 People who are particularly vulnerable to infection — or who are already infected — shouldn’t be going to the shops, so this job will fall to family, friends, neighbours and other volunteers. No matter which of these you fall into, please remember the following guidelines:

  1. Don’t shop for other people if you or anyone in your household is displaying symptoms or is in a vulnerable group.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly before going shopping. Use hand sanitiser just before you enter the shop.
  3. Remember that your bag, phone, keys, steering wheel, wallet, purse or any other item may be carrying the virus, especially if you are infected but aren’t showing symptoms.
  4. Sanitise the shopping trolley or basket before using it. 
  5. Don’t touch anything unnecessarily, especially products that you won’t end up buying.
  6. Don’t touch your face. Wearing gloves will help you remember not to do this.
  7. Maintain a 2m distance from other shoppers and staff. Use Contactless when paying if possible (the limit has just been raised to £45).
  8. When delivering shopping to a vulnerable or infected person, place the shopping in front of their door, ring the doorbell and then step away.
  9. Never enter the home of someone who is self-isolating for any reason.

If you are gifting or lending anything from your home to someone who is self-isolating, remember that touching it with unwashed hands could be all it takes to infect that person.