COVID-19 Information & Updates

As our community works together to navigate this time, we want to make sure that you can stay up-to-date with the latest changes and information regarding First Alternative Co-op and our store operations. We want to thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work diligently to provide the safest shopping experience for our customers.

Recent Updates

August 13, 2021: Effective Friday, August 13, face coverings will be required for everyone over 5 years of age in all indoor public space in Oregon, including the Co-op. An alarming rise in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Delta variant is putting a strain on the state’s hospital system, making this course of action necessary. At the Co-op, we’re ready to mask up and do our part in stopping the spread of this virus! If you’re not able to wear a mask, please take advantage of our Pick-up & Delivery service. Find all the details and place your order at firstalt.coop/order.

Store Guidelines & Changes

  • We are sill offering pick-up and delivery services. We ask that delivery requests be reserved for seniors, those who are immune-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable shoppers. Learn about the full process and place an order at firstalt.coop/order.
  • The hot food and salad bars will be closed until further notice. The Grab & Go section will remain, and the commissary is working to expand our selection of pre-packaged heat-and-eat meals to include a number of hot bar favorites in family and individual sizes.
  • Beans 4 Bags tokens have been removed from all registers. Recipient organizations for this quarter will have the donation amount divided evenly between them.
  • One case limit on special orders of the following packaged items: beans, pasta, tomato products, cereal, olive oil, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables, toilet paper, paper towels, and sanitizing products (as soon as they are available.)
  • The public meeting rooms and seating areas next to the deli at both stores will also remain closed until further notice.
  • Our maintenance team is sanitizing the store (along with storage areas, break rooms, and offices) multiple times per day. This includes wiping down basket and cart handles, doors handles, restrooms, registers, work spaces, and any other commonly used spaces and items.
  • Hand sanitizers and disposable gloves are available at all entrances and in locations where food is served.
  • All demos and passive sampling have been canceled until further notice.
  • Staff are being required to stay home at the first sign of any illness. We are also giving staff who feel unsafe working in this environment the option of staying home. In both these situations, we are providing job assurance to any staff who want or need to stay home.
Thanks to the amazing Co-op staff, community members, vendors, farmers, bakers, drink makers, and all the local leaders that are helping us work our way through this uniquely trying time. Remember that even with social distancing, we stand together as a community.
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