This guidance for UK and Ireland has been produced jointly by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Environmental Health Association of Ireland (EHAI), and Irish Global Health Network (IGHN). Please note that this guide is based upon current advice at the time of publication (31 March 2020).
The main risk to shoppers is coming into contact with an infected person. You are urged to wash your hands frequently, maintain good hygiene practices and minimise contact with people outside of your household. This guide outlines protocols to help you to stay safe and protect others when shopping for essentials. Protocols include:
- using the non-dominant hand to pick up goods which subsequently reduces the cross contamination risk from touching of the mouth, nose or eyes;
- making contactless payments and avoiding contact with surfaces of any kind.
Further, because of the capacity of the virus to live on surfaces, shopping trolleys, baskets, pin pads, and other regularly touched items should be sanitised after each use.
Source: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Environmental Health Association of Ireland (EHAI), and Irish Global Health Network (IGHN).
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