Updated Mask Policy - Effective June 16, 2021

Dear Shopper,

 

NYS has reached 70% partial vaccination status and the governor has lifted most COVID related restrictions. As a result of this new development the Co-op will be removing its mask requirement effective immediately.  

 

We reserve the right to reinstate 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.

 

What are we doing to keep you safe?

  • 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.


We know this change might be difficult to get used to for many people. We are stepping forward with caution and care. We urge everyone to be kind to one another as we begin the process of adapting to this vaccination phase of COVID in our community. 

It is a very good feeling knowing the vaccine is showing strong effectiveness and experiencing the overall relief that knowledge brings. As we move forward, we will continue to evaluate the available information and adapt our policies as needed.

If these policies make it uncomfortable coming into our store to shop, we encourage you to use our Curbside Pickup service! Click here for more information on this. 

Sincerely,

 

The Cambridge Food Co-op

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.

Current Requirements

  • Wearing a Mask:

    • ALL SHOPPERS ARE ASKED TO ABIDE BY THE CURRENT MANDATE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM NEW YORK STATE.  All shoppers are allowed to not wear a mask. For those who may feel unsafe with no mask, our curbside pickup program is available.

  • Use Hand Sanitizer or Wash Hands: 

    • Shoppers must use hand sanitizer (provided) upon entering the store. 

  • 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.

We are still here because of you. Thank you.