Agreed ...the_prairie_prophet wrote: ↑ "During Covid"
This is the thing driving me a little nuts. Yes case numbers have gone down and seem to be somewhat under control, but Covid isn't gone. I agree with the sentiment though, we've been doing most of our curbside pickup at Superstore and Walmart, Save on Foods being the only other option and being generally overpriced comparatively. I'm also grateful for the service, as I am in a household where multiple people have compromised health, exposure is a real concern. But yes, it's not a simple "vote with your wallet", because there simply aren't affordable alternatives. The fact that Loblaws is still raking in money hand over fist also reduces any sympathy I have for their logistics concerns.
And yes “During Covid” was a bad choice of words ... in so much as Covid hasn’t gone anywhere ... it is far from over (Round # 1 ) ... we just so happen to be smarter in handling it than some other countries ... so our Round # 1 is greatly declining ... enough so that we are in the midst of a Reopening Strategy.
UNFORTUNATELY ... a lot of folks think it’s over ... or that things are going back to normal.
It’s far from normal ... everyone is supposed to be still be cautious & continuing the lessons they’ve learned the last 3 months in regards to cleanliness & distancing ... so we can continue on the good path we are now.
But, chances are some will not ... and we’ll have a major outbreak again that will result in community spread.
Personally, at 60+, we’ve been enjoying a bit of the freedom the last 2 weeks ... actually going into a grocery store, getting to the outdoor garden centre, and even went out for a drink on a patio. BUT ... I am not optimistic that things will last. As I continue to monitor the Covid Numbers for BOTH Quebec & Ontario (seeing as I live in Eastern Ontario ... and am affected by both Provinces residents coming & going).
I do wish that PC+ Loblaws Group hadn’t implemented their Click & Collect / PC Express Fees ... cuz we will still be using those services now and in the future. And we are on the LUCKY side of the coin ... as we have the ability FOR NOW to go into a store. MANY DO NOT (such as yourself, and your family members who are at an even higher risk)
I think I will write Galen a note, telling him I am disappointed that he hasn’t considered the fact that just cuz there’s a lull in Covid Cases ... that the reality of getting this disease hasn’t gone away for many seniors & vulnerable people ... the lull should just mean for the stores that there will be less demand on the Curbside Pickups ... which is A GOOD THING for the store ... AND A GOOD THING for those that TRULY NEED THIS SERVICE TO GET THRU THESE COVID TIMES.