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By Mayo Clinic staff
As the holiday season gets underway, shopping may look a lot different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When choosing retail stores to visit, John O'Horo, M.D., M.P.H., a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician, recommends looking for businesses that take extra precaution to create an environment that limits exposure to the virus — and be sure to follow those important protocols.
In this video, Dr. O'Horo provides a tour through one such retail business:
Look for businesses that offer safety precautions for customers and staff, including:
- Enforces face mask policy
- Offers face masks if you forget one
- Hand sanitizer at entrance
- Touch-free payment options
- Encourages social distancing
- Limits the number of customers in the store at one time
Dr. O'Horo says it's important that everyone do their part to help reduce community spread of COVID-19. Stay home and refrain from shopping or being around others if you are not feeling well, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have a fever.