Grocery stores implementing new ways to clean stores, some locals still concerned

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While many of us are practicing social distancing, there are some cases where it’s harder to stay out of large groups.

Corporate officials for stores like Walmart, Publix, and Winn-Dixie say they're doing what they can to keep stores clean and sanitary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bay County resident Thomas Cox said, “They need to draw attention and try to minimize this. We have to get that even though it’s impacting us significantly.”

The three stores have each changed store hours to give staff more time to clean and restock shelves and have special hours for senior citizens to shop.

Some are also providing wipes to clean off carts but one local, Carol Towne, says sometimes the wipes run out and she says she’s staying cautious and only leaving the house when she has to.

“I am very concerned, I’m scared to death because I have a low immune system and I’m very nervous about it. The whole thing has upset me. I can’t even get on Facebook because it tears me up," said Towne.

Others say they aren’t too concerned as they try and avoid busier sections of the store and keep themselves sanitized.

Bay County resident Helen King said, “Use your sanitation and do what you can do, you know what you can do. They do have sanitation towels in there, so I’m not too worried about it.”

Some shoppers are also using Walmart’s outside pickup service to avoid going into the store entirely.

But despite all precautions, locals say the threat of COVID-19 stays on their mind.

“Even with the actions taken, there’s still potential for spreading it," said Cox.

For more information on Walmart's coronavirus plans click here.

For Publix click here.

For Winn-Dixie’s click here.

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