March 28, 2020, Kimberly Sawtelle selfie in the parking lot of Hannaford on Broadway in Bangor, Maine "having scored a container of disinfecting wipes! On March 25, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued the mandate that "all large, essential, public-facing businesses to immediately employ strategies to reduce congestion in their stores, including limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time." As part of this strategy, it was advised that only one person per household engage in essential, in-person shopping. By this time, two weeks into the active pandemic, store shelves were bare of many essential items. I kept this container of disinfecting wipes in the car and used them to wipe down ATM keyboards and touch screens and gas pump handles prior to handling. This, of course, was long before it was understood how COVID-19 was transmitted. Without guidance on face coverings, we made do with what was handy, in this case, a dust mask that was later advised against because it was "vented.""
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