Shopping during the coronavirus
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The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has called for the closing of many businesses, shops, and office spaces for the time being in light of the spread of the coronavirus. Here is some information and some tips for stocking up and staying home in Utrecht during the spread of Covid-19.
Adjusted store hours
Some grocery stores, including Albert Heijn Hoog Catharijne and Albert Heijn XL Utrecht, are introducing an “ouderenuurtje,” giving the opportunity for elderly (70+) shoppers to do their groceries for an hour before the store is open to the general public. The Hoog Catharijne Albert Heijn enforces this hour from 7-8am. You can check if your local stores offer this service on most of their Facebook pages.
Many chain stores like IKEA, Zara, and SissyBoy in and around Utrecht have closed until further notice. Stores with essential products like Kruidvat and Etos are remaining open for the time being. To learn more about which stores are closed at this time, visit their individual websites or facebook pages for updates.
PostNL remains in operation and they state that they will still continue to operate as long as they can meet the health standards issued by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
Of course, always follow the advice of public officials and:
- Keep 1,5 m of distance from others
- Don’t shake hands with others
- Was your hands often and avoid touching your face
- Use paper tissues and always discard them directly after use
- Do not travel in groups larger than three people (exceptions are made for families and people from the same households)
- Stay home if possible and only leave the house for essential activities or crucial work: more info about crucial work listed at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/childcare-for-children-of-people-working-in-crucial-sectors
For more information about safety measures look at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tackling-new-coronavirus-in-the-netherlands