Our Management Team recently met to discuss a plan for lifting the store’s COVID restrictions, including our current mask policy. We have been continually monitoring NH State and CDC guidelines, as well as the latest COVID-19 case counts and hospitalization data for our market area. Overall, we have seen a steady decline in COVID numbers in our region, as more and more of the local population is vaccinated. Currently, 75.5% of the staff here at the Co-op have been vaccinated, which is a milestone we are quite proud of.
We also discussed feedback from employees, customers, and other members of our community, and as usual, the perspectives vary widely. Some urged us to end restrictions immediately or very soon, while others felt it was important to wait longer. From these conversations it is clear that some of us need time to adjust to changes in our policies. We hope to proceed in a way that is not only transparent, but also allows our customers, employees, vendors to feel comfortable here at the Co-op.
With these things in mind, we felt it was important to give the community notice of our change in policy. As of July 2 2021, we will be relaxing our mask policy for customers as well as employees. As of that date, anyone who has been vaccinated is not required to wear a mask at the Co-op. We are encouraging anyone who is unvaccinated or has health or safety concerns to continue to wear a mask. We offer our online Curbside Pickup service for those who are unable to shop in person.
On July 2 we also plan on re-opening our Cafe space to the community, and we will also resume our regular in-store tastings, classes, and events. It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to host these kinds of activities, and we’re really looking forward to reinstating that vibrant, busy, community-minded atmosphere in our Co-op.
As always, thank you for your support and your cooperation!