Amid the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants, shops and services are closing to flatten the curve. Supermarkets, on the other hand, remain open.
While people are panic-buying whatever they can get their hands on, US supermarkets are doing their best to make customers understand that there is plenty of supply and there’s no point in hoarding essentials.
Supermarkets have also taken some measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and made some changes to operations to meet the high demand and keep employees safe.
For people who are used to going to the store any time of the day or night and always finding what they want on the shelves, these changes may come as a surprise and, as if lockdown was not enough, an additional source of anxiety during the pandemic.
But supermarkets want to send a message: there’s absolutely no need to panic. There’s plenty of food and supplies for everyone, and these changes are only meant to ensure they are also available in the future.
Here are 5 things you should know about supermarkets during the COVID-19 pandemic: