Letter: Albany Trader Joe's gets it right on safety

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To the Editor:

After several unsafe and frustrating attempts to shop in Bennington, I ventured to Trader Joe's in Albany. Shopping there was a lesson in what to do right in a pandemic!

People were lined up outside with a safe distance between each group. A friendly employee gave information to those in line. All wore masks. The wait was 15 minutes. Once I got to the front entrance there was signage explaining the masks were required. An employee at the door held out a large bottle of disinfectant to spray on my hands. Only 40 were allowed into the store at a time. Shelves fully stocked and I was able to shop quickly because there was no crowding. At the checkout counter my purchases were double bagged in large paper shopping bags with handles and placed in my cart. The cashier was behind a plastic screen and I was able to pay without any contact with an unmasked employee. As I left I noticed that an employee was wiping down all shopping carts with disinfectant as they were returned.

True it was an hour's drive, and true I wasn't buying locally, but it was stress free and totally safe. Thank you Trader Joe's!

Judy Murphy,




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