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Buying Your Groceries During a Global Pandemic – The Essential Tips

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It’s a crazy world that we’re living in at the moment.

In just a matter of months, we’ve gone from having the freedom to pop to the supermarket whenever we want to being in a state of lockdown. The government’s telling you to only go outside when it’s absolutely necessary.

Thankfully, grocery shopping falls into the essential category when it comes to what you can go outside for.

And that’s great news for anybody who has a craving for some of Najma Food’s chilled halal meats.

But now there’s another problem that you need to face.

It’s all well and good being able to go out to buy food. But how do you keep yourself safe doing it? How do you ensure that your trip to the supermarket is as clean and safe as possible?

By following these tips, you can shop safely and get everything that you need.

Tip #1 – Maintain Social Distancing

Thankfully, most major supermarkets have already put measures in place to make it easier to observe social distancing. They’re only letting people in in limited numbers. And many have markings on the floor that make it easier for you to segment your shopping trip and keep your distance from other people.

But you still have to be vigilant.

Supermarkets can’t possibly have eyes everywhere. And there will always be those people who think that the social distancing guidelines don’t apply to them.

Keep your eyes open for anybody who’s not following the rules. Give them plenty of space so that you don’t risk catching anything from them.

Tip #2 – Make a List Before You Go

For the time being, the days of just being able to wander around the supermarket are gone. Now, it’s a very regimented experience. If you forget an item, you often can’t just turn around and grab it.

That’s why having a list before you head out is so important.

Write down every single item that you want to buy. Cross each off the list as you grab it so that you’re certain that you have everything.

You don’t want to get home only to realise that you’ve forgotten something.

Tip #3 – Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Coming back to the measures that supermarkets have in place, you have to consider the extra time that your shop might take.

It’s not a simple case of grabbing a trolley and taking things at your own pace.

When you arrive, you’ll likely have to queue for quite some time before you even get into the supermarket. And once you’re shopping, your pace is dictated as much by the people in front of you as anything else. If they’re taking their time, you’ll have to wait around to. Trying to go past them or shop in their sections means you’re breaking social distancing guidelines.

The point is that you should plan to spend more time in the supermarket than you normally would.

Tip #4 – Don’t Touch Until You’re Certain

Again, this is a tip that’s asking you to break the habit of a lifetime.

Let’s say that you’re shopping for some of our halal chilled meats. You could grab a bunch of packs and shuffle through them until you find the one that you want. But by doing that, you’re increasing the risk of passing coronavirus a bunch of packs that you’ll eventually put down.

But let’s assume that you don’t have the virus.

Can you say the same of everybody else around you? Maybe there’s somebody who doesn’t even know they have it wandering around and touching a bunch of stuff that they don’t buy. If you end up doing the same, you increase your chances of contracting the virus.

That’s why you need to think carefully before picking anything up. Weigh up your options visually and then choose the item that you want.

Tip #5 – Bring Hand Sanitiser With You

Again, supermarkets have a lot of measures in place to keep trolleys and other equipment sanitised. But there are no guarantees that they’ll catch everything. There’s a possibility that traces of the virus could still make it into the supermarket.

That’s why you should bring some hand sanitiser with you. Apply it regularly during the course of your shop to increase the chances of killing trace amounts of the virus that might get on your hands.

On top of this, try to stop yourself from touching your face. It’s a small thing but it will prevent the virus from getting from your hands and onto more vulnerable areas before you sanitise your hands.

As an addendum to this, it’s likely best not to wear gloves as you shop.

Gloves are only effective if you’re changing them regularly and disposing of those that you’ve used. If you wear the same pair for a 30-minute shopping trip, you’re creating a chance for cross-contamination. And because you’re not sanitising your hands, you’re also giving the virus the chance to get onto your gloves and spread elsewhere.

Tip #6 – Consider Going at Low-Traffic Times

When there are fewer people in the supermarket, there are fewer chances of you catching the virus!

That’s why it helps to get a good idea of when peak shopping hours are for your local store. This may require several trips (only when essential of course). But you’ll likely find that supermarkets quieten down during the evening.

Stay Safe When Getting Your Groceries

Armed with these tips, you should be able to keep yourself safer when you go out to buy your groceries. The alternative is to have your food delivered to you. But with so many people having the same idea, you might find it very difficult to land a delivery slot.

The good news is that Najma Foods continues to offer our halal chilled meats in a range of supermarkets. Prepare well and make the most out of every trip. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a collection of our meats at home in no time at all.