It can be difficult to avoid running essential errands, so it's important to be safe when doing so!

The Ocean County Health Department sent a press release with some tips on how to stay safe when running essential errands. Check out their guidelines below:

Stay home if you’re sick!

Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines.

Wear a face covering. Latex gloves are not recommended to wear when grocery shopping.

Make a list and shop quickly.

Shop alone, don’t bring the family.

Sanitize carts and hands, before and after shopping.

Give the cashier some space or use the self-checkout.

Choose no-touch payment when you can.

If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if stores have special hours for people at high risk.

Wash your hands before shopping and as soon as you get home with soap and water.

Practicing these guidelines can go a long way to keep everyone safe. If you're looking for guidelines to practice when running other essential errands, you can find them on the Ocean County Health Department's website as well. Stay safe and healthy!

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