Source: The Wilson Times

When Governor Cooper ordered non-essential businesses closed, grocery stores did not make the list. Now more than ever, grocers are providing essential services to their communities, according to The Wilson Times.

“It is very important for us to stay open because people have to have somewhere to eat,” Piggly Wiggly owner Fernando Ramirez told The Wilson Times. “I’m committed to being open.” 

Fellow chains, like Harris Teeter and Food Lion, have implemented policies like cleaning above and beyond the usual amount and encouraging workers and patrons to keep a safe distance. Ramirez is doing the same, according to The Wilson Times.

“People are keeping their distance, but we have signs on the door letting everyone know about the coronavirus, shortages, social distancing guidelines and so on,” Ramirez told The Wilson Times. “We usually try to clean the point-of-sale stations after every customer, especially the debit/credit card machine.”

Additionally, grocers are picking up the slack from other businesses that have been forced to shed some of the workforce. Food Lion and Harris Teeter are increasing the ranks of their employees, specifically hiring people recently let go from restaurants and the like, The Wilson Times reports.

Most people are following the new guidelines and being considerate, The Wilson Times reports.

In an executive order effective April 13, Cooper restricted the occupancy of retail and grocery stores to 20% of the fire capacity. Stores must also indicate six feet distance at checkout lines and redouble their efforts in cleaning and decontamination.

Read the full story about grocery stores and their efforts to stay open and safe during the coronavirus from The Wilson Times.