Special Report

Shutdown: The Coronavirus

A trip to the supermarket

Empty shelves at Foodtown in Prospect Park, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

For most New Yorkers, a trip to the supermarket is the only time they are leaving the house during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some grocers have security at the door, only letting in a few customers at a time so people can avoid one another while shopping.

Inside, entire sections have been bought out, and people who are in the store awkwardly sidestep each other, an action that reflects our new universal fear of human contact.

At some locations, limited capacity in supermarkets has resulted in lines forming outside, wrapping around blocks made longer by people do their best to social distance.

Additionally, to avoid cross-contamination, many supermarkets have deemed all sales final.

This is a look inside Food Town in Prospect Park, Brooklyn during the pandemic.

Masked shoppers and workers at Foodtown in Prospect Park, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A social distancing reminder in Foodtown, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A sign reminding customers to social distance in the meat section of Foodtown, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A customer comes around a glass barrier set up to limit contact to collect their bags, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A social distancing reminder for people on the checkout line, marketed with a sticker and line of tape, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A sign at checkout with information regarding senior citizen shopping hours, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

People shop at Foodtown in Prospect Park, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A nearly empty freezer section at Foodtown, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A sign indicating all sales are final to protect public health, April 8, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

 

 


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