Operating a retail business during COVID-19 has been challenging. Throughout the pandemic, we have followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. On May 16, 2021, the CDC updated their recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals and announced that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or social distancing. As a result, Cook County Whole Foods Co-op removed our mask mandate. Fully vaccinated shoppers and staff do not need to wear a mask while inside the Co-op.
We have also removed the 12 shopper limit in the store. However, we still recommend shopping alone if you are able to reduce the number of people in the store during our busy summer months. Shoppers are welcome to continue wearing masks in the store, and we continue to offer curbside pick up Monday-Friday if you want to avoid entering the store entirely.
We are also happy to announce that we are refilling our bulk scoop bins so you can buy as little or as much as you like. Bulk scoops are being cleaned nightly, and we continue to sanitize the store. New inversion spice bins have been ordered so bulk spices will return soon. It has been great to see the return of bulk and smiling faces in the grocery aisles.
We continue to monitor the risks associated with COVID-19 and may need to bring back certain restrictions if COVID-19 cases spike in Cook County. Thank you shoppers and staff as we navigate operating a business during a pandemic.