Last updated: 21 October 2020 at 10.10pm
Coming into contact with someone infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus) is the main risk when you are out shopping.
When shopping you should:
- wear a face covering - this is the law in shops and shopping centres
- follow good hygiene practices
- practice social distancing
- minimise contact with people outside of your household
There is very little risk to you if you are just passing by someone briefly in a shop. But try to keep a distance of 2 metres as much as possible.
By law, you have to wear a face covering in shops and shopping centres. This is because it can be difficult to practice social distancing when in a shop.
But face coverings are not suitable for everyone. It is ok if some people choose not to wear them. Face coverings are not recommended for children under the age of 13 or people with special needs who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing one. Read more about who should not wear a face covering.
When to stay at home
Do not go out shopping if you are feeling unwell.
If you need help, you can also contact your local County Council. They have community support in place to help deliver essential items.
Reduce your risk when shopping
Only go shopping if it is essential to do so. This reduces your risk of getting COVID-19 or spreading it to others.
No reported cases of COVID-19 have been linked to contaminated food. Animals or animal products legally imported into the EU are not a health risk from COVID-19.
Follow these steps to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 or spreading it to others.
- Use the sanitiser provided for your hands and trolley or basket.
- Remember to avoid touching your face.
- Wear a face covering if you are over 13 years old - but you do not have to wear one if you have an illness or impairment that would make wearing a face covering uncomfortable.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Follow social distancing guidelines - keep 2 metres distance between yourself and others in queues and while shopping.
- Pay by card instead of cash - contactless payment may reduce the risk of infection. If you use cash, the risk is low, particularly if you clean your hands regularly after handling cash.
- Wash your hands properly.
- Put away your shopping.
- Wash your hands again.
Only buy what you need - stores will be restocked daily.
Do not go shopping during dedicated shopping times that are in place for healthcare workers and people who are cocooning.
Delivery and collection services are very important for people who are cocooning and not able to leave their homes. Please only book delivery slots if you need to.
Shopping for a vulnerable person
If you have been shopping for someone who has been told not to meet other people by their doctor:
- leave the shopping on their doorstep
- ring the bell or phone them
- stand back while they collect it