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Customers may not be following social distancing rules in stores says CEO and Founder of Blush Lane Market

Last Updated Apr 8, 2020 at 2:59 pm MDT

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – In the midst of social gatherings being cancelled because of COVID-19, grocery shopping is not considered a social outing in times of a pandemic.

Many grocery stores have implemented rules for customers while shopping to practice safe distancing.

However, Rob Horricks, CEO and Founder of Blush Lane Organic Market says he has been hearing reports of customers not following the proper rules while grocery shopping.

“We are seeing people that are stopping to talk with neighbours they haven’t seen in a while and everybody is lonely, but the stores are just not the place to do it.”

“We want people to come in with a plan – be as quick as possible.”

Horricks adds even some customers are getting too close to the staff when having a conversation and trying to use their reusable bags.

Many stores across Calgary are limiting shoppers, putting arrows on the floor, and have installed plexiglass to act as a barrier between the cashier and customer.

Blush Lane is following suit.

Horricks says many of his employees are staying home for fear of their safety, but some are still working to make sure the customers are getting their food.