Our Efforts to Limit the Effects of COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 has drastically affected the everyday lives of millions of Americans, including ours. We are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees and customers while staying open as a supply point for food and fuel. Like many companies we have implemented new cleaning/disinfecting policies and installed barriers and reminders to help encourage social distancing. Here are a few of our new protective measures: 

  • Shorter business hours - We made the decision to close our stores at least 1 hour early at all locations. The main reason behind this was to give our team members an extra hour to focus on cleaning and disinfecting the stores. We are focusing extra attention on the high traffic areas including our pumps, all door handles, coffee/fountain bar as well as ATM and card reader pin pads. This has been added to our normal cleaning and disinfecting routine.

  • Paid Time Off:  We are happy to offer paid time off for employees that are experiencing symptoms and seeking testing or medical attention. This helps ensure there is no interruption in their pay and also keeps employees from coming to work if they aren't feeling well in an effort to not miss a shift. 

  • Customer Limits and Social Distancing Reminders: We have installed "sneeze guards" at all of our locations in an effort to limit contact between customers and our cashiers. We are following State and City guidelines and limiting the number of customers to 10 or less. To help remind our customers to following social distancing practices we have also placed floor stickers 6' apart to help those standing in line maintain a safe distance. 

  • Gloves, Masks and Instructions for their Use: We have been lucky enough to secure disposable gloves for our cashiers and have reusable face masks on order for each and every employee. We know that everyone is learning (including us!) how to use all of this new equipment correctly and are therefore sending out CDC guideline posters on how to properly use gloves and masks. 

  • Alternative Vending: At one of our stores we recently installed a grab and go style vending machine with a great selection of fresh items, snacks and a variety of drinks. For customers who don't feel comfortable coming inside the store this serves as a great option for them. 

We are always looking for ways to protect our customers and team and provide a better experience for them. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please email us at info@zelmoszipin.com. Until then stay safe!