These are indeed difficult and unusual times. Never in my 64 years have I seen or experienced anything like what our communities are experiencing now with the COVID-19 virus. I’m sure that it is the same for most of you reading this message.
I wanted to write to let you know how this pandemic has affected us at our store and production kitchen. For our staff, we have markedly increased the intensity and scope of our sanitation procedures around the store and in work areas. We as a staff also practice physical distancing as much as we can. We are producing new guidelines almost daily to meet the challenge of COVID-19.
As many of you know, who have visited the store recently, we have implemented some new store etiquette policies for customers, including hand sanitizer use upon entry and intentional physical distancing.
We now have a new phone-in shopping service with curbside pickup. See our website for details. We have reserved 8am to 9am for seniors and other vulnerable individuals to shop. We welcome all our other customers to shop after 9am.
I am very grateful to live in a time where we have sophisticated scientific research and Canadian leadership at many different levels to guide us as we push back COVID-19. We know about physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, making sure a sneeze or cough is covered by an elbow or with a tissue (then disposed of), followed by thorough hand washing. We have facts that tell us to limit our social interactions to household members only……and all the rest of the health regime.
We are Canadians and we believe in science so let’s make sure that we follow all the public health guidance from the authorities!
It’s way too early to know if there will be any silver linings to this current challenge in our country and in our world. But I’m looking for one. It’s been my experience that often from very difficult and bad situations good can come. Let’s keep looking for those silver linings in the days, weeks and months ahead to keep ourselves and our communities encouraged.
Please take good care of yourself and please look out for others around our communities who may need your help.
On a happy note, sweet corn seeds have begun to arrive, ready for planting season.