A New Study Found That These 3 Grocery Stores Have the Best Safety Measures for COVID-19

updated Jun 15, 2020
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While cleanliness and sanitation have always been a part of the decision about where to go grocery shopping, the coronavirus pandemic brought the issue to the top of most people’s priorities. Additionally, the markers of taking safety concerns seriously — masks, gloves, plexiglass dividers, and more — are far more visible than they might have been before. So, a marketing research company set out to see which stores were doing the best, reports Today.

The big winners were the same companies that have come into a lot of heat from customers about stringent mask policies: Whole Foods, Costco, and Trader Joe’s. Notably, the survey started by finding out what was important to customers, which shows that vocal groups and sensational incidents of angry customers regarding mask policies might be disproportional to popular opinion, as it was among the most important things to customers.

Whole Foods took the top spot, with 98% of employees wearing masks and 91% of customers keeping six feet of distance. Costco sat right behind them, with 83% of employees covering their face outside and 95% inside, plus social distancing markers inside most stores. Trader Joe’s did the best on making sure that the number of customers in the store at any time was limited. Other factors that the survey looked at included if they provided sanitizing or hand-washing solution at the entrance, had plexiglass separators at checkouts, and wiped down high-traffic areas.

These top grocery store numbers look impressive compared to the 25% of employees of stores visited that were not wearing or incorrectly wearing masks nationally and the 58% of stores not seen managing customer traffic, but that doesn’t necessarily indict your favorite grocery brand automatically. While the study anonymously visited 125 locations for each of 45 brands around the country, not all were grocery stores. So, while Whole Foods, Costco, and Trader Joe’s did well compared to the overall study numbers, those other stores might not have been grocery stores.