Please read below for more information on how the Co-op is handling safety precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic, what the current mask requirement is, and how you can continue to shop as safely as possible.
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Current Policy: Mask-Wearing Optional

UPDATE (MARCH 2022). The Co-op is following the recommendations from Washington County, N.Y. and the CDC in regards to current Covid-19 transmission levels in our county. 

We are using the CDC's mapping of Community Transmission by county to determine the need to wear a mask in the store. Currently, the level is at LOW, and therefore, mask-wearing is optional in the store.

Please stay tuned as mask policy may change in the coming weeks and months.

Again, thank you to everyone for being supportive of the Co-op!

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Mask Policy Breakdown

As mentioned above, the Co-op is using the CDC's mapping of Community Transmission by county to determine the need to wear a mask in the store.

To the right is a graphic depicting the levels chosen by the CDC for the risk of community spread. The levels are: low (green); medium (yellow); and high (red).

Depending on the level of spread determined by the CDC in Washington County, NY, the Co-op will encourage or require mask-wearing by its customers.

We will post changes on the website (see paragraph above), signs on our doors, and on social media.

 

* Please note, we reserve the right to update the mask requirement at any time as we see fit and will do so in conjunction with the CDC guidelines, New York State and/or county public health recommendations. We will continue to monitor the number of cases in Washington County as well as surrounding areas and will take this data into account when making any policy changes or updates.

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Curbside Pick-up is Available to anyone.

Curbside pick-up is available for those persons who do not wish to come into the store to shop.

To learn more about the program, please click here.

More ways the Co-op is striving to be a safe place for customers to shop:

  • We have expanded our curbside pick up program to 7 days a week.

  • We continue to provide hand sanitizer as well as gloves throughout the store.

  • We were generously gifted 2 air purification systems earlier this year. They are still in use and run 24 hours a day. The filters in these systems are cleaned on a weekly basis rather than the recommended monthly cleaning.

The Co-op takes Covid-19 seriously.

The Co-op's Covid Story

The Cambridge Food Co-op is a small store that relies heavily on working members to keep the place running.  But when the pandemic hit, we realized that having so many different helpers in the store throughout the week would make it very difficult to maintain state-mandated pandemic standards and keep our more vulnerable working members safe.  So we made the very difficult decision to temporarily suspend our Working Member Program.

Without our working members, store operations fell entirely onto the shoulders of our small staff of seven. But sometimes our Co-op's diminutive size is an advantage. The Cambridge Food Co-op was able to pivot in a hurry to protect our community from Covid-19 while keeping the lights turned on. 

We shortened our open hours to protect staff from burnout, put on masks and required customers to do so too, set up screens at the counter, limited the number of shoppers in the store, started our Curbside Pickup Program, and upped our disinfecting game. Our customers kept up, and took advantage of the Co-op's diverse supply chains which provided access to everything they needed--including toilet paper!  Our members met these changes with patience, humor, and flexibility, but they also showed tremendous generosity by donating their discounts, helping to ensure that the Co-op comes through these challenging times on solid footing.

Through all the changes in open hours, hygiene protocols, and shopping routines, our community has stuck with us.  For this, we are eternally grateful.

We are still here because of you. Thank you.

Current Requirements

  • Wear a Mask:

    • We are using the CDC's mapping of Community Transmission by county to determine the need to wear a mask in the store. Currently, the level is LOW, and therefore, mask-wearing is optional. For those who may still not be comfortable coming into the store at all, our curbside pickup program is available.

  • Use Hand Sanitizer or Wash Hands: 

    • Shoppers may use hand sanitizer (provided) upon entering the store, and customers must wash hand before using the bulk bins.. 

  • Wear Gloves:

    • Shoppers handling bulk items must wear gloves (provided).

  • Shop Alone and Respect Social Distancing Guidelines:

    • Shoppers may be asked to leave their companions outside so more shoppers can enter the store. 

    • Shoppers may be asked to wait for a few minutes outside the store until there is room in the store for additional shoppers.

  • Respect Off Limits Areas:

    • No customers (this includes members) are permitted in the kitchen area, office, or behind the register.