Working To Keep Essential Employees Safe
By LEANN COCHRAN
While the Governor has issued a stay at home order for all nonessential employees, there are still several people who are working to keep our family stocked on essential supplies. Often, many individuals don’t give much thought to the cashier ringing up their items at the grocery store, the people stocking the shelves, and the truck drivers delivering the items. However, during this uncertain time, the store employees are still working endlessly to ensure members of the community have the supplies they need to survive the stay at home order.
Kent Jones, manager of the Sistersville IGA, said the employees are working hard to ensure surfaces are being sanitized regularly, such as shopping carts, registers, baskets, and grocery belts. He says they are making sure to follow all the guidelines set forth by the government and enforce the distance issue.
In the Deli, Jones says the employees are constantly wiping down the slicer and scales, and cleaning the counter after each order.
He reported they are trying to keep things stocked. However, there is a limited supply of paper and sanitizing items at the warehouse and this has presented an issue for the store.
Jones reported Sistersville residents have been essential in helping keep germs at bay, saying they have been great about following the guidelines and social distancing. For this reason, Jones reported they have not had to set stricter guidelines on the amount of people entering the store or restrict the number of people per family.
Walmart in New Martinsville is also taking precautions to help keep the employees and their customers safer. They have closed and locked one set of doors entering the store. Additionally, they set up a line as individuals enter to help encourage social distancing.
Walmart has also reduced store hours from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Middlebourne Galaxy has set up a way to order groceries online to be picked up at a later time, helping to limit the amount of people in the store. Owner Casey Edwards reports more information on how to order groceries online can be found on the Middlebourne Galaxy Food Center Facebook page. The Galaxy has also limited the hours they are open and are closing at 8 p.m. for the safety of the customers and employees.
By following the guidelines set forth by the grocery stores and the government, it will help to keep both the essential employees and residents safe during these uncertain times and help to ensure these outlets remain open for the public to buy food and supplies needed to live.