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Don’t take coronavirus home with you

Published: 19 January 2021

Woman walking in supermarket with face mask on

Shop safely to reduce the risk

Due to the national lockdown there are not many places to go shopping at the moment, which means our local supermarkets and corner shops are busier than usual.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Please act like you've got it.

Reducing the risk

To reduce the risk of catching coronavirus when shopping at your local supermarket and to make sure you don't take it home with you, please shop alone and always remember: hands – face – space.

  • Hands: clean your hands with sanitizer before you enter a supermarket or store. Most stores provide sanitizing stations at the entrance. Once home, wash your hands thoroughly and also after handling and storing your purchased products.
  • Face: wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. You are likely to be denied entry to a store if you don't wear a mask (unless exempt). If you don't wear a mask and are not exempt, you may be hit with a fine of at least £100.
  • Space: shop alone and stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings). Stick to the safety precautions put in place at your local store.

Each supermarket and store has its own COVID rules and regulations so it's important you understand the requirements before you head out.

Other ways of getting your shopping

Make sure you're only heading out when it's absolutely necessary – more details about the current national lockdown can be found on the GOV.UK coronavirus web pages. Why not book an online delivery or use click and collect instead of heading to the shops?

If you're not able to get your shopping, read the If you can't get out to get shopping article for more information and advice.

Surrey Together

Thank you to everyone who has been working in our supermarkets and local stores throughout the pandemic. You have helped keep stores safe, shelves stocked and families fed.

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