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Coronavirus and shopping: 5 things to know about buying groceries and liquor

Going to the supermarket is one of the few activities for which Bay Area residents get out of the house during the coronavirus restrictions. Supplies, hours and closures are big concerns for many.

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Five headlines about shopping for food and other supplies, with links to the complete articles:

San Jose grocery store closes after employee dies of coronavirus. A FoodMaxx has been temporarily closed for sanitizing after managers learned that an employee had died of COVID-19. The employee had last been in the store on March 6.

Trader Joe’s adds priority line for the elderly. The grocery chain joined other stores that are offering dedicated shopping hours and other accommodations for “vulnerable customers.” The article includes a list of major Bay Area retail chains and what they’re doing.

New guidelines issued on how many weeks of groceries a family should buy. As shoppers are stockpiling food and grocery stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released new guidelines and answered frequently asked questions about supplies.

California restaurants now can sell alcoholic beverages to go. Restaurants that have remained open for takeout and delivery service can also sell beer, wine and premixed cocktails to go, as long as they’re securely packaged and sold with food. (Liquor stores remain open in the Bay Area. Denver’s stay-at-home order,  which takes effect Tuesday, initially declared liquor and marijuana stores weren’t essential. That did not go well.)

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Tips for safe shopping.  Do you need to wash your groceries? Should you not take your receipt? And other shopping safety questions answered.

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