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Spacing our times in grocery stores, parks, etc.

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2020

Since most days feel the same to most of us while working from home, perhaps we could start spacing our days or times of days for getting out.

Grocery stores could alternate days for last names beginning with first half alphabet/second half alphabet.

Neighborhood Parks, etc. could have am and pm times for similar groupings.

Foothills Park could do car plates odd and even at different am/pm particularly at weekends.

We all need to get out for exercise and we all need to get groceries, this may help space us out.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:45 am

Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood:

>> Grocery stores could alternate days for last names beginning with first half alphabet/second half alphabet.
>> Foothills Park could do car plates odd and even at different am/pm particularly at weekends.

Agree 100%. Sometimes, I'm one of a tiny number. At other times, I've run into some odd, massive crowds. I think a semi-official (doesn't need to be "enforced") system would help everybody keep their space and avoid crowds.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 25, 2020 at 1:01 pm

I think markets and stores could all benefit NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
from what I saw days ago at the Mtn. View Walgreens.

That is, there is ONE SINGLE-FILE LINE with 6-FOOT MARKINGS IN THE
FLOOR to keep shoppers distanced from each other and the cashiers.

Seems simple enough, and more faster, safer, and more efficient too.
It would also keep the goofball behind you from running into you with
their cart thinking they can make the lines go faster.

Why can't we standardize on this everywhere, which would help with
colds and flus too after we beat the coronavirus.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2020 at 4:47 pm

We have approximately 12 hours of daylight, we should be able to divide our time outside much better than everyone turning up at the same time, even in neighborhood parks.

We have X number of hours open to go grocery shopping. We should be able to divide our time at grocery stores much better than everyone turning up at the same time. Even the grocery stores would like it better if the customers came up as a more even stream rather than a flood.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2020 at 11:50 am

Closing the Baylands and Foothills Park make no sense. They are huge and much more able to cope with crowds than the local parks.

Spacing is much more efficient. Times of day, days of week, odd and even plates, last name initial, first half second half alphabet, you name it, much better idea.

Those cyclists who are able to ride their bikes up the steep hill to Foothills Park do not deserve to have the park to themselves. Most of them are not necessarily PA residents anyways. Will they have their id checked for residency?

Give the parks to those of us who enjoy them, space the timing, but please do not close the parks.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm

The simplest easiest way I think would work is to have a set
safe CoronaVirus occupancy capacity at each market.

Line up outside in the method I explained above ...
One single-file line with spacings 6 feet apart marked on the ground.

Let for example 20 people at the beginning of the day, then, when
someone leaves, allow another person or small family group to go in.

Ask shoppers in a group to stay together.

That would keep everyone distanced, and the checkout staff minimized and safe.


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Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

I googled a couple of articles on peak supermarket traffic, and then decided to go to Safeway at 9:00pm on Tuesday. It was completely deserted.

Same with outdoor activities. Drive a little farther out to avoid the beaten path, and don't go on the weekends if you have a choice.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Anecdotally as well as from personal experience, the grocery stores are beginning to work out a system that works.

Shame that the parks can't do that instead of just giving up!


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