Supermarkets are all about self-service. This self-service motto extends to when customers buy fruits and vegitables as well. The way it normally goes is that a customer walks into a supermarket, gets to the fruit and veggie section, picks the veggies and fruits they want. This choosing often involves a bit of touching, examining and often a chosen item is put back and another picked up and so on. When the customer is done the items are then weighed by the shop assistant and price tags are fixed onto each item.

Government spokersperson Nick Mangwana seems unhappy with this arrangement as he claims it’s not ideal during the COVID-19 era. He wants shops to introduce a no-touch or at the very least a one touch policy. Under the no-touch policy only the shop assistant is allowed to touch fruits and veggies while shoppers can only point to their choices. Under the one-touch policy shoppers have to buy the first item they pick up..

Mr Mangwana’s concerns are not new, Boris Johnson also had similar concerns and urged shoppers to desist from touching items in supermarkets when they were not yet sure they wanted to buy the item. In fact even the CDC has similar advice. Customers ought to avoid touching items that they don’t intend to buy. The chances of one contracting COVID this way are however slimmer than those of say touching a trolley that has been used multiple times without sanitising each time or handing out your card to a cashier who is not sanitising their hands regularly.