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Grocery stores prepare for statewide stay-at-home order

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 22, 2020

LAFAYETTE — It's been a busy week for many groceries stores in Acadiana, and things may get even busier.

Once Governor John Bel Edwards's stay-at-home order goes into place Monday evening, one of the few things you can do is grocery shopping.

The staff at Fresh Pickin's Market in Lafayette believes they're prepared.

"We all have been pulling extra weight around here, trying to get everything ready for if it comes down to that point, and apparently, it has," said employee Valerie Schoeffler.

Some of the staff say following the guidelines that are set forth by local, state and federal officials makes their jobs easier.

"I think that people need to stay inside as much as possible, especially when it comes to going out for essential things, such as food, because we need to keep it sanitized," said Schoeffler. "We need to keep it clean."

Essential tasks include going to the grocery, going to the pharmacy, making a medical appointment and exercising.

"I've kind of been stocking up a little, but I'm really just doing the same grocery shopping," said shopper Trey Bickham. "Some things, they're out of, but most things, they still have a lot of."

Some shoppers recommend not panic buying and to be mindful about the places and people around you.

"It's so easy for you to contract a virus, so you should take it seriously," said Bickham. "You should go about normally. Just be cautious, and wash your hands. Be safe, and pray on it."

Schoeffler adds, "We got to help each other out. We got to be in this together because we're all in it together."