Wearing masks if you are healthy
Wearing a non-medical or cloth mask or face covering is a matter of personal choice but can help to protect others. Some people can spread the virus when they have very mild symptoms or may be unaware they are infected. In this case, wearing a mask can help protect others by containing your own droplets from coughing, sneezing, speaking or laughing. Wearing a cloth mask will not protect you from COVID-19 but it is a good option in situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others for an extended period of time such as when you are on transit, getting a haircut or visiting someone indoors.
Any mask, no matter how efficient at filtration or how good the seal, will have minimal effect if it is not used together with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
It is important to treat people wearing masks with respect
We are taking all measures we can to help "flatten the curve" of Covid-19 infection while keeping our services going and our staff and customers supplied, healthy and happy.
We have stepped up ordering of staples across all categories and our buyers are working to find alternate supply for items that are being shorted. We are starting to see some shorting of orders particularly in the conventional grocery and fresh produce world: we may have more conventional produce than usual, and you may see substitutions for some of your favourite items. We are NOT seeing any need to buy more than you need at the moment...a strategy that will be appreciated by all of your neighbours also looking for local supply.
Our Kitchen is cranking out great prepared meals, most of which also freeze well. Check our Kitchen tab for up to date info on daily availability.
(please note gluten free from our kitchen MAY contain traces of wheat)
All touch surfaces are being sanitized regularly with a bleach solution. Shopping basket handles, door handles, counters etc. We encourage everyone (customers too) to constantly wash their hands with soap and hot water. Our public washroom is closed.
We have removed all self-service fill options in the store: coffee station, condiments, cutlery, water, some bulk. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Our Cafe is closed for now. You are welcome to sit in our beautiful outdoor patio to enjoy the square. We would ask that while in and around the store you try to not get too close to other shoppers, maintain the 6' physical distancing rule, and follow the instructions of the store staff.
We can do your shopping for you and have it ready for you to pickup outside of the store. See the ORDERDESK tab on this website for info on how to access this service.
This is a fragile time for everyone. We will do our best to meet your needs within the constraints of various regulations and health requirements, and of course the resources that we have available to us. We very much appreciate your support and patience and encourage everyone to above all else, be kind. We all need each other!
The Grocery store will be open as usual.
We hope to have the Café back and humming as soon as the need for social distancing abates and it is safe to gather!
The good news is that we are ready to roll with our new ORDER DESK!!!
Click on the new Order Desk tab above with info on how to access this service.
thanks for supporting your local Ruddy Potato!
As part of our "flatten the curve" initiative here at the Ruddy, we have temporarily closed the self service water station in the store.
HERE'S THE CURRENT PROCESS FOR REFILLING ISLAND OASIS BOTTLES
There is a new water bottle "corral" to the left of the front door. You can drop your cleaned and sanitized Island Oasis bottles (must be bigger than 4 liters) there, clearly marked with your name and phone number, before 6pm daily.
(Any bottles dropped after 6pm will be left outside over night....)
We will bring the bottles in and sanize/fill them in the evening. The filled bottles will be in the store beside the Island Oasis machine ready for customer pickup the following morning. Please be prompt about collecting your bottles...we don't have a lot of room!
We also have new pre-filled 4 liter water jugs for sale in the produce section.
Thanks for your cooperation all, and many thanks to Cordell Wynne (Owner Island Oasis) for his carpentry skills, ingenuity and care for his customers!