At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, what Sean Simpson would really like to see is delivery-only service from his pharmacy.
He is doing everything he can to protect all Simpson’s Pharmacy staff and customers, with particular concern for seniors, the most vulnerable of Niagara-on-the-Lake. To protect seniors who feel the need to come to the pharmacy he has posted a request online for customers to leave the first couple of hours for seniors to shop, and although he can’t enforce it, he sees it as helpful to those most vulnerable. “I’m asking people to honour that, although I’m not enforcing it,” he says.
“And I’m promoting social distancing. In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to come out at all. Give us a call, let us know what you need, we will deliver.’
Simpson’s delivery is free, and he would like people to take advantage of it.
He can even arrange for “parking lot pickup,” he says.
He has increased cleaning and disinfecting, but fewer people in the store is better for everyone, he says.
He is also urging anyone with symptoms such as fever, cough, or trouble breathing; or anyone who has come in contact with someone who has those symptoms, to call in an order for free delivery.
He has double reason for concern, he says — as much as he wants to protect the community, he wants to keep his staff healthy, so they can continue looking after the community.
“I’m just trying to keep everyone safe, including ourselves, so we can continue providing the services people need.”
For anyone self-isolating, the items ordered can be dropped off on the doorstep, with electronic forms of payment.
And for those who may be struggling with too much alone time, in the face of fear of the virus, Simpson says, “the seriousness of what’s in front of us is really taking its toll. We need to keep social distancing, but there are ways to overcome it. Pick up the phone, talk to people you haven’t talked to in a while. Get to know each other in a way you haven’t had time to — use the time to connect. And if you’re at all spiritual, pick up the phone and pray together.”
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