Grocery stores adjust during coronvirus pandemic

Posted at 9:32 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 10:32:57-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — How long social distancing and sheltering in place will last as a unknown, so we are all adapting, even when it comes to grabbing groceries.

We are all used to walking inside a grocery store, grabbing a cart and shopping, but now wiping down carts is a full-time job and the new norm.

At Hy-Vee stores, partitions between cashier and customer have been installed and wiping down the conveyor belt is done constantly throughout the day.

And to make sure items stay in stock and everyone has access, limitations are being enforced for some items.

"Each store is different," said Andre Yochum, a director at a local Hy-Vee store. "At my location, we are hiring for Aisles Online, which is our home shopping program. We are ramping up in this area considerably right now we're hiring for that."

The store has also closed down their self-serve salad bar due to the fear of passing germs and food safety issues, but you can still order cooked food to go.

They do have special hours for seniors and people with compromised immune systems.

Several other grocery stores in the area are also hiring.

Online sales are increasing, and keeping store shelves stocked with food is a priority.