The Washington State Department of Health said Sunday there is no need to disinfect your groceries when you get them home after venturing out to pick up essentials during the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee to stem the spread of COVID-19.
“We have no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spreading through food at all. Not through take-out orders, groceries, or produce,” read a blog posted by the agency. “When you return home from the grocery store, please thoroughly wash your hands, but there is no reason to try to disinfect your groceries. And please, don’t put disinfecting chemicals like household cleaners on the food you’re going to eat.”
The agency also says there is no reason to stock up on groceries excessively and urges everyone to limit their trips to the store, or anywhere else for that matter.
“Grocery stores are open because they are essential businesses, but we still need to limit our time out of the house,” read the blog. “Consider using grocery delivery services, or limit your grocery shopping to one trip a week.”
The Department of Health also reminded everyone “agriculture and food production are also considered essential activities. This is to make sure food continues fill our grocery stores and food banks. Deliveries to grocery stores are continuing steadily. There is no need to worry about shortages, and no need to stock up, other than to make sure you don’t have to leave the house more than once each week.”
When you do venture out, think about your neighbors, urged the agency. “While you are doing your once-a-week grocery shopping, is there something you can pick up for someone who cannot leave the house?”
And make sure to maintain your social distancing while out and about. Many stores have placed tape on the floor at 6-foot intervals to help you maintain the standard six feet of separation from other shoppers.