Associação Paulista de Supermercados offers five topics to be applied in stores, in addition to awareness signs
During the quarantine that all Brazilians are going through, APAS elaborated five recommendations to supermarket members in São Paulo. With the increase on the demand for supplying in the points of sale in the State of São Paulo, APAS is suggesting some measures that can protect associates and consumers’ health.
See the APAS’s recommendations bellow:
1st – Controlling the access to the supermarkets
In order to avoid the proximity between people, we suggest that an access control should limit the entry of one person for every 20m² (215 ft²), considering the store’s total area. However, this suggestion can be adapted according to the size proportion of each supermarket, and the main goal is avoiding crowds.
2nd – Minimal distance from others
Another suggestion to avoid infection of people inside the stores is to keep a safe distance from others during shopping and in lines. In this case, the minimal safe distance should be of 1 meter (3 feet), which can be easily noticed with marks on the floor indicating the recommended distance.
3rd – Raising consumer awareness
It is necessary to raise consumer awareness regarding prevention when going to the supermarket. That is, the risk of being infected by the COVID-19 is as lower as the number of people in the same place at the same time. In other words, one should go by himself or herself in order to reduce the number of people in stores at the same time.
4th – Risk group shopping
People over 60 years-old and pregnant women should be kept away from the stores to protect their own health. For that, we recommend using alternative channels for buying their groceries. To have the items delivered at their houses, there are different tool available as e-commerce, phone and WhatsApp.
5th – Avoid taking children to the stores
Keeping customers from taking their children to the stores is minimizing their exposure to infection risks. According to the Brazilian Child and Adolescent Statute children should not be at risky environments and, in this current situation, any crowd should be avoided.
To enforce these recommendations, APAS made available awareness signs, which can be downloaded by its members. Click here to download the signs.