June 9, 2020

Precautions to Take When Running Essential Errands During Covid-19

Although the amount of daily Covid-19 cases are beginning to fall it’s important to remain aware that the virus is still very much a part of everyday life. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just updated their suggested guidelines on running essential errands during the pandemic. Below you will find a short summary of some of the precautions you can take as we transition back to everyday life. To read the CDC’s full article you can click here.

Grocery Shopping:

Continue to utilize curbside pickup or home delivery of grocery items whenever possible. If you do have to enter a grocery store you should have a plan, this includes what items you need, what type of personal protective equipment is necessary, and what member of your household will be entering the store. Other Precautions you can take:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines 
  • Utilize a mask or cloth face covering when going out in public
  • If you are at a higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for individuals at higher risk
  • Disinfect your shopping cart with approved cleaners 
  • Utilize hand sanitizer before and after leaving the store

Deliveries & Takeout:

After receiving your delivery or bringing home takeout, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. It’s also important to designate a safe spot outside of your home for deliveries, and to continue utilizing contactless deliveries and online payment methods whenever possible.


Continue utilizing drive-thru banking services and automated teller machines whenever possible. If you do need to enter the bank it’s important to wear a cloth face covering or mask. You should also look for banks that have taken extra preventive practices to ensure the safety of their customers, such as physical barriers like SeparationScreens. The CDC also recommends bringing your own pen when signing checks or completing forms inside the bank. As always, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds when you get home, or utilize hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Getting Gas:

Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons, or put on gloves before touching them. After fueling you should also use hand sanitizer before re-entering your vehicle. Once you get home you should also wash your hands with soap and water.
Even though a majority of businesses and even restaurants are now opening it’s our responsibility to practice good hygiene to continue moving forward. As always, SeparationScreen is continuing to offer a variety of infection control supplies including face masks, hand sanitizer, wex-cide germicidal disinfectant and SeparationScreen Cough Screens & Sneeze Guards.