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March 28, 2020, 6:45 a.m. "Waiting in line for Hannaford on Broadway in Bangor, Maine to open. This was the first Saturday following Governor Janet Mills issuing 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." While there were recommendations that only one person per household undertake essential shopping, a number of couples waiting in line before the store opened. At the time of this photo, Hannaford on Broadway had a limit of 50 customers in the store at any time. An employee stood outside the door, controlling traffic and using a smartphone as a counter to keep track. Inside the entry vestibule, store staff sanitized the handles of shopping carts. I remember feeling that tension this day was very high as people glanced suspiciously at each other. While most shelves were bare of canned goods, cleaning supplies, and paper goods (toilet paper, tissues, paper towels), fresh meat, vegetables, and most dairy goods were available."

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