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People want supermarkets in Canada to do more to combat against coronavirus

People are now calling for supermarkets in Canada to do more to combat the growing 2019 novel coronavirus spread across the country.

Between dirty shopping cart handles, employees handling fresh produce, close contact with fellow shoppers, and hand-to-hand exchange of money at check-out, supermarkets certainly pose a risk for contracting illnesses.

And in light of coronavirus, Canadians are demanding that stores like Sobeys and Costco take more precautions.

Some customers are calling for supermarkets to introduce disinfecting wipes near shopping carts.

Others are nervous about the self-serve buffets — especially when coffee shops like Tim Hortons and Starbucks are no longer accepting reusable cups due to coronavirus.

And many are urging Canadian supermarkets to encourage employees with COVID-19 to remain at home by giving them two weeks paid sick leave, like Walmart is doing.

Still, many Canadian supermarkets are already taking strides to tackle the growing outbreak.

Safeway has said it's following government guidelines to prevent the spread of disease, and Costco announced that it will no longer be giving out free food samples — a decision that has many people panicking.

According to Canada's official guidelines, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is by washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, and social distancing.

For grocery shopping, that means wiping down your cart handle and visiting at low-traffic hours.

Lead photo by

Mary St. Germain-Brown


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