I love springtime in Wisconsin!
I love the smell of rain on the earth and the hint of warm weather in the air; searching for ramps in the woods, and watching the robins build a new nest under the eaves of my back porch. Delightful!
I can imagine that many of you too, are looking forward to the new season and the changes we all secretly hope are just around the corner. After a full year of pandemic protocols, we’re more than ready to grill out with friends and visit relatives. And let’s face it (pun intended), ready to not wear a mask!
Good job VFC members and shoppers! All day, every day, shoppers tell us how grateful they are for our diligence and dependability. We have created a caring, safe environment for staff and shoppers. Access to healthy food is our top priority, even throughout a pandemic.
A few folks are asking when mask wearing at the Co-op will end. We still have a little bit more to go. Our stance hasn’t changed; we are committed to following CDC recommendations on all Covid-19 / pandemic issues, as we have since April of last year.
From the CDC.gov website:
“CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least six feet apart, especially if indoors around people who don’t live with you.”
While we share a concern for everyone’s health when they shop, our main concern is the welfare of our employees. VFC staff are exposed to 800 to 1,100 shoppers per day, seven days a week. When employees stay healthy, the Co-op stays open, and we can serve our community! Our plan and protocols are aligned with UFCW Union conditions for staff safety during the pandemic.
We will publicly announce when mask protocols are lifted for VFC shoppers.
Keep going friends! We can do it!
-Jan Rasikas, General Manager