Current Operational and Safety Procedures

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All posted policies and practices are subject to change. We thank you, in advance, for your understanding.
Updated  11/18/2022

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Stay Home if You are Experiencing COVID symptoms or Test Positive for COVID-19

Stay home if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or if you test positive for COVID-19, whether or not you are vaccinated and/or boosted.

If you have scheduled shifts, please cancel them through your Member Services account. If you need someone to shop for you, see the section on Authorized Shoppers below or send another Coop member to buy your groceries.

Please do not contact the Coop if you test positive after you shopped or worked a shift unless you were unmasked during the time you worked or shopped.  We request that you follow CDC, NYC Deptartment of Health or your own healthcare provider’s instructions for when it is safe for you to resume activities outside of your home.

The Coop follows the CDC guidance on “close contacts” to COVID positive cases. You do not need to contact the Coop if you have been identified as a close contact. We request that you follow the directions provided by the CDC, the NYC Department of Health, or your own healthcare provider before scheduling and working a shift.

The Coop urges all members to keep up-to-date on the guidance issued by the NYC Department of Health or the CDC.

Mandatory Safety Protocols and Operational Guidelines
  1. All humans age 2 and older must wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth while inside the Coop. A mask will be provided for you if you don’t have one. See the Park Slope Food Coop Face Covering Policy below for full details.
  2. Coop capacity limit is 72 shoppers.
  3. All adult members must take a carrot tag when entering the Coop to shop. Children, aged up to 18 years old, accompanied by their parent(s) do NOT need to take a carrot tag. Children with a child of card unaccompanied by their parent(s) will receive a carrot tag.
  4. Due to the limits on Coop capacity, members are not allowed to bring visitors to the Coop at this time.
  5. Members are encouraged to sanitize their hands when entering the Coop and should sanitize them if at any time their hands get soiled while in the Coop.
  6. No eating while shopping or working inside at the Coop. If you need to drink water or have a snack, please exit the building to do so.
  7. Due to space constraints, no large personal carts in the Coop are allowed on the shopping floor. Please store your personal cart outside the Coop in the cart corral.
Park Slope Food Coop Face Covering Policy

All humans, including children aged 2 and older, must wear a face covering or mask for the entirety of their time in the Coop.
Any person who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face mask/covering should speak to a Coop paid staff member before entering to shop or work.

  • The face mask or covering must completely cover the nose and mouth at all times.
  • It should also tuck under the chin and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face for maximum protection.
  • Types of Coop-approved face coverings include a paper or disposable mask,  reusable cloth mask, or gaiter (2 layers thick)
  • Face covering must be at least 2 layers thick to be effective
  • Please do not pull down your face covering while shopping or working inside the Coop.

Face coverings that do not meet Coop policy requirements:

  • Bandanas, scarves, balaclavas, ski masks
  • Any face-covering/mask that has holes, tears, mesh material of any kind, or exhalation valves that have the potential to release respiratory drops
  • Any face-covering/mask that is thin or flimsy (i.e. your mouth can be seen through the mask)
  • Face shields: If you want to wear a face shield, you must also wear it with an acceptable face covering underneath.
  • Face masks with exhalation valves. Anyone wearing a face mask with an exhalation valve will be offered another face covering or mask to wear inside the Coop. Guidance from New York City and the CDC prohibits the use of face masks/coverings with exhalation valves because they allow respiratory drops to pass through the valve.

For further guidance please consult the CDC  face mask guidance.

We require all members to comply with the Coop’s mask policy. Our strong preference would be for members to comply on their own. But, because this is both a public health and workplace safety issue, we will enforce the mask policy. Members who do not comply should expect there to be a consequence up to and including loss of shopping privileges. If a member refuses to wear an approved face mask/covering or maintain wearing the face-covering while inside the Coop, they may be denied entry to the Coop or be asked to leave.

Authorizing a Non-Member to Shop for You

Members can apply for a non-member authorized shopper through their Member Services account. If you have any questions, please visit the Membership Office for further information.

Other Closures and Cancellations
  • The Childcare Room is closed for the foreseeable future.
  • Coop Events held at the Coop are canceled.
  • Terracycle collections are suspended at this time.
General Sanitizing and Hygiene Protocols

Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance desk and around the shopping floor. The Coop is thoroughly cleaning the common high-touch surfaces and spaces every night.