If I order things that my family and I are going to eat online, they are very specific things that they only have one or possibly two varieties of.

For example, if I order a case of a certain type of cookie or cases of soda or iced tea mix, we know exactly which type we are looking for.

However, as anyone that’s married can tell you there are some times when you walk into a store looking for item X and there might be six versions of it that you wouldn’t possibly be able to describe to another person.

This is why, under the proper precautions, people still need to be able to go into grocery stores.

Masks and gloves are now a regular part of most people’s routines.

People don their masks and other personal protective equipment whenever they leave their homes and venture out into the public to run their essential tasks and errands. While some people do not take the threat of COVID-19 seriously, others are doing everything they can to help keep America open and running – like essential services, including pharmacy team members and grocery store workers.

Local governments have asked people to stay home unless they have to run a necessary errand like filling their prescriptions or fill their pantries and fridges to keep their families healthy and well. Because people are spending most of their time locked away in their homes, they don’t have many options when it comes to “fun” activities. That’s why grocery stores became a source of respite for people – even a “happy place” where people could go to escape their family members for just a few minutes.

Although shoppers are asked to get in and out of stores as quickly as possible – to minimize the spread of COVID-19 – or to utilize services like delivery and curbside pickup, some people cannot resist the temptation to stop and browse and look over all the products on the shelves. While this might be fun for the shopper, it puts the lives of grocery store workers at risk.

So far, COVID-19 has killed more than 50,000 Americans. Cases in the United States make up nearly one-third of all confirmed cases in the world.

Because grocery store employees were considered essential workers, they’re forced to show up for a job that they don’t necessarily care about and risk their lives to earn a paycheck to keep food on their family’s table. It’s a risk that has killed grocery store workers across the country.

CNN reported that dozens of grocery store workers have died as a result of the virus. And the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union president, Marc Perrone, said that these deaths were likely the result of “careless customers” who did not know how to slow the spread of the virus. He said these shoppers are “probably the biggest threat” to the United States economy and essential workers.

The union reported that 85 percent of grocery store shoppers are failing to practice social distancing, which is maintaining a distance of six feet between everyone.

“Anything that reduces the need for interaction with the public and allows for greater physical distancing will ultimately better protect grocery workers,” added John Logan, professor, and director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University.

Now experts think grocery stores should ban customers. They’ll only be able to order curbside pickup or delivery.

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