How to protect yourself from COVID-19 while grocery shopping: MoPH

How to protect yourself from COVID-19 while grocery shopping: MoPH

By QLNews

While the public in Qatar is urged to "stay home" and practice social distancing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), some essential activities such as grocery shopping can not be avoided.

However, to ensure the public's safety while grocery shopping, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Qatar has highlighted some important preventive measures for shoppers to follow to protect themselves from the risk of contracting the virus.

The Ministry recommends the following preventive measures when grocery shopping:

- Limit the grocery store visits to only one person and avoid taking children

- If your household workers are doing the shopping, explain to them the precautionary measures

- Make a grocery list before leaving the house

- To reduce the number of visits, purchase enough groceries to last 1 to 2 weeks but do not over-purchase to leave stock for others

- Ensure you always leave a distance of at least 1.5 meters between yourself and others

- Ensure you disinfect carts and baskets before use, or wear disposable gloves, and throw them in a trash bin immediately after use

- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes while shopping

- Use electronic forms of payment, instead of cash. Use a tissue when entering your pin number.

- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60 percent alcohol) immediately after you leave the grocery store.

- Place grocery bags in the trunk of your car and not on the seats of your car.

- When you reach your home, dispose of the grocery bags immediately and wash the purchased items.

- Ensure to disinfect and wipe the surfaces that were in contact with the grocery bags and the products that you purchased

- When you finish storing the products, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The Ministry has stressed that you should avoid grocery shopping if:

- You are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and fever

- You are suffering from any chronic condition or low immunity

- You are an elderly person

For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.

Here's everything you need to know about the virus, including ways to protect yourself. 

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

Source: Twitter/@MOPHQatar
By MDZMN• 2 years 1 month ago.
MDZMN

Retailers should be advised to not allow cashiers handle cards and instead allow customers to insert the cards into PoS machines themselves. Every little thing helps.

By mountneer88• 2 years 1 month ago.
mountneer88

where to buy hand sanitizer ?

By zaheer_sayyed• 2 years 1 month ago.
zaheer_sayyed

"Limit the grocery store visits to only one person and avoid taking children" This should really be enforced by government and grocery stores.

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar's first Eid festival to take place this Eid ul Fitr

Qatar's first Eid festival to take place this Eid ul Fitr

Qatar Tourism announces the first ever Eid Festival to take place from 3-5 May
An evening at Souq Waqif

An evening at Souq Waqif

The most traditional spot in Qatar is none other than Souq Waqif. Let's explore a series of things you can do there!
Restaurants in Qatar to Visit For Eid 2022

Restaurants in Qatar to Visit For Eid 2022

Finding a suitable restaurant during Eid can be challenging, that's why these few picks will not let you down, and provide you the right space (and right food) for your Eid gatherings
Where to get traditional outfits for Eid 2022

Where to get traditional outfits for Eid 2022

Whether it is traditional jalabiyas and abayas for women or the thobe and ghutra for men, there are many shops that cater to this requirement. Here’s where you can shop for traditional Indian and Arab clothing for Eid 2022 in Qatar.
List of Salons for Eid 2022

List of Salons for Eid 2022

Get yourself pampered by enjoying the services of the best salons in Doha
Favorite Henna Artists for Eid 2022

Favorite Henna Artists for Eid 2022

It's that time of year, when the anticipation for Eid Al Fitr is building up along with Henna appointments from all across the region.
9 activities to plan your Eid 2022 vacation in Qatar

9 activities to plan your Eid 2022 vacation in Qatar

This Eid 2022 vacation, explore a variety of outdoor and indoor activities that you can do with your friends and family in Qatar.
5 beaches in Qatar to visit on Eid 2022

5 beaches in Qatar to visit on Eid 2022

We’ve compiled a list of five beaches you can visit for Eid 2022 and enjoy a pleasant afternoon or evening on the Eid weekend.