Update: Masks now required by all customers during open hours.
Vernon County COVID-19 cases are comparatively low to the numbers in the rest of the state and country in general. This is great news; our collective caution and safety measures make a difference! However, we see cases increasing all across Wisconsin and the U.S.
We have a high rate of participation in our community of wearing masks while shopping, but we’re also seeing many summer travelers stopping in without a mask. So, we’re ramping up our efforts to get everyone covered while shopping in the Co-op.
Your Co-op staff is exposed to hundreds of people every day, seven days a week. Although we perform daily measures to keep ourselves safe and the Co-op sanitized, one of the best ways to protect our staff is for you to wear a mask or face covering when you shop. Covering your nose and mouth also helps our staff feel comfortable and safe while they are working to provide you the food you need.
In cooperation with CDC and Vernon County Health Department recommendations, the Viroqua Food Co+op is asking everyone age 5 and older to wear a mask while shopping beginning Monday, July 20th. A face covering over the nose and mouth can reduce the spread of CoVID19 in places like the aisles of the Co-op where social distancing is not always possible. As a courtesy, the Co-op has cloth reusable masks or paper masks available for free and will maintain this supply as much as possible.
We’re in good company with other Co-ops in Wisconsin urging shoppers to wear a mask; Willy Street in Madison, People’s in La Crosse and Rochester, and Outpost in Milwaukee all require shoppers to wear a face covering. Major retail chains are now on board. We agree. Mask up, Viroqua!
The Co-op can always serve you through our co+op curbside program if you cannot or do not want to wear a mask for any reason. Online orders with curbside pickup is here. Customers do not need to wear masks at pick-up. However, we ask that you remain in your vehicle.
Direct your questions or concerns to a manager, so our staff on the floor can keep working on sanitizing and stocking our shelves.
Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and compassion as we continue to navigate this ever-evolving and challenging situation.
Jan Rasikas, General Manager