“If you come to the store, don’t come with your entire family,” McClelland requested. "I was in the store yesterday, and because people are bored they’re like, “Hey, let’s all go to the grocery store.' So, a family of six showed up. Send one person; that way you lessen the ability for the virus to spread.”
San Antonio-based H-E-B has also put in place strict protocols, including social distancing and sanitation rules, to keep employees and customers safe.
Meanwhile in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont ordered grocery stores to cut their shopper capacity to 50%. Similar to H-E-B's McClelland, Lamont said that customers should have just one person per family do the shopping.
“I just did another order, executive order, this one, we just reminded people at grocery stores that we’re not going to allow more than 50% of capacities,” Lamont said. “If your grocery store has maybe capacity stipulated for 100 or 150, can’t have more than 50 or 75 in there.”
In addition to stationing staff at entrances and exits to ensure stores remain at half capacity, Connecticut food retailers are also being asked to take every other register line out of service to create more space between people at checkout.