Social Distancing Tips – Rules for Safe Shopping

BENOI NAIR|April 19, 2020


One of the best ways to limit the spread of COVID -19 is to eliminate face-to-face contact with other people. Unfortunately, the retail store is a public place where a lot of people shop under one roof. So, how can we practice social distancing in a retail environment and stay safe?


  1. Maintain a safe distance of 1.5 – 2m 

Distancing should be there while you are inside the outlet as well. ‘Patience’ is the key when you wait for your turn to access goods from the refrigerators, freezers and shelves to avoid crowding. has been strategic with its precautions of limiting the number of people from families inside the outlets, but from your side, you should always maintain a distance of 1.5 – 2m from other people while shopping. Once you are done with the billing process and are ready to head home, sanitize your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth till you have washed your hands properly.


  1. Don’t shop in groups 

This step will help in reducing the crowd at retail outlets, making social distancing easier to achieve and implement.


  1. Buy only essentials 

Prepare your grocery list, with essential items you need on top. This will help you to avoid panic-buying and will avoid wastage of perishables as well. Buying planned and essential will not only fasten your grocery purchase but will also ease the burden on retail staff who are working day n’ night to manage the supermarket crowd.


  1. Be smart, go for Home Delivery 

All the premier hypermarkets in the UAE are offering home delivery facility in a bid to reduce the footfall in their outlets and maintain safety for their consumers. As a responsible consumer, you should also prefer options for online shopping with home delivery to keep yourself safe and avoid you from going outside as well.


  1. Take basic precautions 

Even if you go out for essential shopping, wear facemasks and gloves to stay safe.



  1. Follow instructions of the local authorities

Always do that, in order to be up-to-date with instructions related to your safety.


Stay Safe… Stay Home!



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