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Updated Monday, April 6, 9:05 AM

STORE HOURS:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Open to elder and high risk shoppers 6am-8am 

Every Day: Open to all 8am-8pm

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ALL POLICY AND OPERATIONS UPDATES IN ONE LITTLE-ISH LIST:

  • As of April 6, our Juice & Java station is closed. Coffee is still available, but not made-to-order juice and java options.
  • We have installed plexiglass screens in front of each register to help keep our shoppers and our cashiers safer.
  • No new rain checks, special orders, or customer returns for the foreseeable future
  • We are limiting quantities purchased of certain items, please look out for signage at the shelf.
  • Hot bar, salad bar, olive bar, soup station, made-to-order sandwich station, and cafe seating area are closed until further notice
  • Grab ‘n’ Go shelves are stocked with pre-packaged sandwiches, salads, sides, and more.
  • All classes and events are cancelled at least through April and until further notice.
  • We are ceasing passive sampling until further notice.
  • No physical EnviroTokens will be distributed.
  • We have adjusted our sick leave policy so that employees who feel unwell can take advantage of paid time off, whether or not they have hours in their sick leave bank.
  • We're maintaining hand sanitizing and sanitizing wipe stations at our entrance and throughout the store.
  • Our housekeeping team and all store departments have stepped up frequency of cleaning and sanitizing door handles and other surfaces
  • For Member-Owner updates and a letter from our Board of Directors, click here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Wear a face covering, any time you may be interacting with others.
  • Wash your hands, frequently, including before shopping in the bulk department or in our deli
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you can't wash your hands. 
  • Maintain safe social distancing of at least 6-feet from other shoppers and staff.
  • Use a credit or debit card instead of cash to minimize contact.
  • Practice good bulk shopping hygiene. Make sure your bulk containers are sanitized before you bring them into the store to fill up. Do not touch bulk scoops, spoons, tongs, or spigots directly to the mouth of your container.
  • This is the one time we're asking you to leave your travel mug at home.
  • Don’t grab food with your hands...ever! 
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow and sanitize or wash your hands afterward. Refrain from touching your face.
  • Stay home if you can, especially if you’re feeling unwell. If you do need to come in while you’re ill, please wear a mask if you have access to one, and practice great hygiene as outlined above.
  • Order meals and limited groceries to-go through our Grubhub account.
  • Member-Owners wondering about their time investment can visit here.
  • Be kind to one another. This is affecting us all, albeit in a variety of different ways, and all we can do is take care of ourselves and one another.
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Wednesday, March 18th, 10:09am

NEW EARLY BIRD STORE HOURS 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Open to elderly and high risk shoppers 6am-8am 

Every Day: Open to all 8am-8pm


COVID-19 is teaching the world a whole slew of new words and phrases. Among them, flatten the curve, isolation cell, high-touch surfaces, shelter in place, social distancing.

In order to help us and our shoppers achieve the recommended precautionary actions and help keep safe those most vulnerable to the virus, Honest Weight is beginning new Early Bird Hours beginning Friday, March 20th. The store will open at 6am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, when shopping will be restricted to elderly and high-risk members of our community until regular hours begin at 8am. 

Early Bird Hours will be largely staffed by our Marketing, Finance and HR Departments. Staffing will be limited and staff members will also be receiving deliveries and stocking shelves during that time. 

Limited staff and limited shoppers should allow everyone in the store to maintain safe social distancing, which is recommended at 6 feet or more. We ask that everyone who enters the store at any time practice social distancing, frequent handwashing, hand sanitizing, and general consideration for others. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home!

We will continue to close at 8pm until further notice to allow for deep cleaning, restocking, and to account for reduced staff hours as we encourage anyone feeling unsafe or unwell to stay home.  

Thank you for helping us keep our co-op safe and available to all.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 6:37pm

Click here for information pertaining to Honest Weight Member-Owners
and ownership
time investments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Monday, March 16th, 2020 1:17pm

A message about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from Rick Mausert, Chief Cooperative Officer 

Dear Honest Weight Food Co-op Shoppers, Owners, and Staff,

We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the concerns around COVID-19 and its impact on our community. We take the health and safety of our Co-op community seriously, and want to assure you, our Owners and shoppers that we are taking every step to ensure best practices during this time. We are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 outbreak and following the recommendations of the CDC, FDA, and the New York State Department of Health. Below, you’ll find a general overview of how we are ensuring best practices in our store, including changes as of today, Monday, March 16th. We will keep this page updated as new information arises.

REDUCED HOURS

We are reducing our open hours to 8am-8pm beginning Wednesday, March 18th. This will allow us time for deep cleaning and restocking after closing, and account for reduced staff hours as we encourage anyone feeling unsafe or unwell to stay home.  

CHANGES TO THE DELI/PREPARED FOODS:

Per Governor Cuomo’s order earlier today that all restaurants close tonight, we have shut down the following deli offerings:

  • Hot bar, salad bar, and soup station are closed.
  • Made-to-order sandwiches are not available.
  • We are keeping our Grab ‘n’ Go shelves stocked with pre-packaged sandwiches, salads, sides, and more.
  • Our Juice + Java Station is open. However, as a precaution, we are not allowing patrons to use travel mugs at this time.
  • Our Cafe Seating area is closed
  • We encourage our shoppers to order to-go meals online through our Grubhub account.

SERVICE UPDATES

  • Reduced store hours--we’ll be open from 8am-8pm beginning Wednesday, March 18th.
  • Our Olive Bar is closed until further notice
  • No new rain checks for the foreseeable future
  • No new special orders for the foreseeable future
  • No customer returns for the foreseeable future

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

At the bottom of this blog post, you will find a list of resources provided for Albany County provided by the office of Mayor Sheehan. 

We appreciate your understanding during this uncertain time. Feel free to contact me with any concerns as the situation around COVID-19 develops.

Sincerely, 

Rick Mausert

 

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March 12th, 2020, 11:58am

Update to Honest Weight protocol:

In response to two newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the Capital Region, we are taking further steps to reduce risk for our shoppers and staff by ceasing all March in-store events. This includes all of our Classes and Practitioner Services, effective immediately.

The store will continue operating as normal (please see below for a list of added precautionary measures). Reducing the space used by the public will allow us to concentrate on the shopping floor for cleaning and disinfecting. 

Today's action is a precautionary measure. We are as disappointed as you are to cancel programs. Our staff and Member-Owners work hard to plan these programs and we know you enjoy participating in them.

We ask our community members to take great care, not only to protect yourself from illness, but to protect others, especially immunosuppressed and elderly people in our community, who may be at an increased risk.

We'll post any news updates here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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March 10th, 2020, 3:38pm
hands using a sanitizing station at HWFC
Honest Weight Food Co-op is closely monitoring the information and updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak. We have committed to a number of practical precautions to help keep our staff, shoppers and community safe from unnecessary risk. We'll be updating this blog post as things change. Here’s what you can expect from Honest Weight today:
  • We're maintaining three hand sanitizing stations and two sanitizing wipe stations at our entrance and throughout the store.
  • Grateful Villages, a local nonprofit partner located two miles from the co-op, is producing hand sanitizer for sale in bulk at the co-op in accordance with World Health Organization standards in response to the scarcity of product from many of our normal national suppliers. This hand sanitizer is available both prepackaged and in our bulk wellness area, so you can fill your own clean containers if you wish. We’re also working with other local vendor partners like RAD Soap Co. and Earthly Remedies by Erin to source additional hand sanitizer as supply is available.
  • Our housekeeping team and all store departments have stepped up frequency of cleaning and sanitizing door handles and other surfaces
  • We are ceasing passive sampling until further notice. If you would like to try a cheese sample, as always, you can ask at the cheese counter.
  • We have temporarily adjusted our sick leave policy so that employees who feel unwell can take advantage of paid time off, whether or not they have hours in their sick leave bank.
  • Our wellness department, as always, has a vast selection of supplements to support your immune system. Stop by our wellness desk and ask someone from our knowledgeable team to guide you through the options. 
We're also looking to our shoppers to help keep our store clean and safe. Below are some guidelines and requests from Your Homegrown Grocery Store:
  • Wash your hands. We have sinks in our customer bathrooms and a sink in our café area. We especially recommend washing your hands before doing your shopping in the bulk department or in our deli.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you can't wash your hands. The CDC recommends alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If you make your own hand sanitizer, please be sure to use alcohol with at least 60% strength.
  • Practice good bulk shopping hygiene. Make sure your bulk containers are sanitized before you bring them into the store to fill up. Please do not touch bulk scoops, spoons, tongs, or spigots directly to the mouth of your container.
  • Don’t grab food with your hands...ever! Please do not take food out of our pastry case or bulk bins with your bare hands. If you’re shopping with children, please advise them not to reach into bulk bins or play with bulk scoops/tongs.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow to limit spread of germs, and sanitize or wash your hands afterward. In general, refrain from touching your face in the store and in other public spaces. 
  • Stay home if you can. If you’re sick, please consider not coming into the store out of the consideration for our community members, which includes those who may have compromised immune systems or other conditions that put them at higher risk. If you do need to come in while you’re ill, please wear a mask if you have access to one, and practice great hygiene as outlined above.
 
Thanks for doing your part for our community! For more information and to keep track of the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the CDC's dedicated coronavirus webpage here.
 
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RESOURCES
 
* * NEWS RELEASE * *

Date: March 15, 2020
Contact: David Galin
dgalin@albanyny.gov
(518) 434-5105

City of Albany Announces Availability of Essential and Non-Essential Services During COVID-19 Outbreak

Essential City of Albany Services including Police, Fire & EMS, Waste Collection, and Water & Sewer Services Continue to Be Available

Many Non-Essential Services Will Only Be Available Remotely, Including Bill Payments, Permit Applications, and Job Applications

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Declares a State of Emergency to Prohibit the General Public from Entering City Buildings Unless Expressly Stated Below and to Prohibit the Execution of Evictions Within the City of Albany During COVID-19 Outbreak

ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced that Albany City Hall and all City of Albany public buildings, including fire stations and police headquarters, will be closed to the public effective immediately through Friday, March 20, 2020, except in very limited circumstances as detailed below.

The Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department will continue to respond to all emergency calls, and the Department of General Services will continue curbside waste collection and recycling pickup as scheduled.

“Following recommendations from the CDC and the Albany County Health Commissioner, we have developed procedures in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “These changes will take effect immediately. We remain in constant contact with the Albany County Executive, Sheriff, and Health Commissioner, and we will implement further restrictions if the situation warrants. These temporary changes in operations are intended to help protect both our residents and our employees, especially our first responders, and ensure we are adhering to social distancing recommendations provided by public health experts.”

A department-by-department list of City services currently available and unavailable can be found below:

Albany Police Department:
APD will continue responding to all emergency calls for service 24/7.
Minor calls for service, such as minor property complaints, may be handled via phone or through a postponed report.
Access to administrative reports, including police incident reports and FOIL responses, will be handled via email and/or phone. No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Police Headquarters (175 Henry Johnson Boulevard).
Police Headquarters (175 Henry Johnson Boulevard) will be closed to the public until further notice.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/PoliceDepartment.aspx or call (518) 438-4000 for more information on non-emergency Police Department information. In an emergency, please dial 911.

Albany Fire Department:
AFD will continue responding to all emergency calls for service 24/7.
Access to administrative reports, including fire incident reports, will be handled via email and/or phone. No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Fire Headquarters (26 Broad Street).
All fire department facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/FireDepartments.aspx or call (518) 447-7879 for more information on non-emergency Fire Department information. In an emergency, please dial 911.

Department of General Services:
All curbside waste collection and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled.
In-person transactions may take place by appointment only. Individuals must call (518) 434-CITY (2489) to set up an in-person appointment at 1 Conners Boulevard.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/GeneralServices.aspx, call (518) 434-CITY (2489), or email generalservices@albanyny.gov for more information.

Department of Water & Water Supply:
Your tap water is safe to drink – the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Learn more about the virus and water/sewer infrastructure by visiting https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#boil
Water bills may be paid online at https://albanyny.merchanttransact.com/ or over the phone by calling (518) 434-5300.
In-person transactions will take place by appointment only. Individuals must call (518) 434-5300 to set up an in-person appointment at 10 N. Enterprise Drive.
If you have an emergency (back up, sink hole, water main break, flooding) contact Water Department Dispatch at (518) 434-5322.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/WaterAndWaterSupply.aspx, call (518) 434-5300, or email water@albanyny.gov for more information.

City Clerk & Vital Statistics:
Services that will continue to be accessible online include:
Residential Parking Permit applications
Dog License applications
Handbills
Special Event Permits (within Governor Cuomo’s mass gathering guidelines)
FOIL Requests
Filing of Death Certificates
Obtaining certified copies of marriage records & certificates of domestic partnership
Services that are suspended until further notice include:
Passport applications & renewals
License applications for Marriages & Domestic Partnerships, Cabarets, Junk Dealers, Auctioneers, Coin-op/Amusements, Taxis, Hens, and Games of Chance
In-person transactions will take place by appointment only. Individuals must call the City Clerk at (518) 434-5090 or Vital Statistics at (518) 434-5045 to set up an in-person appointment at City Hall.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/CityClerk.aspx, call (518) 434-5090, or email clerkinfo@albanyny.gov for more information.

Human Resources:
The City of Albany encourages all prospective employees to apply for City jobs online at www.jobs.albanyny.gov
Terminals to apply for jobs in-person will only be available by appointment. Individuals must call (518) 434-5284 to set up an in-person appointment at City Hall.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/HumanResources.aspx, call (518) 434-5284, or email hr@albanyny.gov for more information.

Department of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance:
All permit applications, payments, and other transactions will take place via phone, email, or online.
All ROP inspections are suspended until further notice.
Construction inspections, emergency inspections, and vacant building inspections will continue to occur.
Transactions that must be facilitated in-person may only occur by appointment. Individuals must call (518) 434-5995 to set up an in-person appointment at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/DivisionOfBuildingsAndRegulatoryCompliance.aspx, call (518) 434-5995, or email codes@albanyny.gov for more information.

Department of Planning & Development:
All permit applications, payments, and other transactions will take place via phone, email, or online.
Transactions that must be facilitated in-person may only occur by appointment. Individuals must call (518) 465-6066 to set up an in-person appointment at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard.
Meetings of the Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals will be held via teleconference. More information will be included as part of each meeting’s public notice.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/PlanningandDevelopment.aspx, call (518) 465-6066, or email dpd@albanyny.gov for more information.

Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA):
ACDA will only be accepting applications for emergency assistance until further notice and in-person meetings will only be available by appointment. You must call (518) 434-5265 to set up an in-person appointment at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/ACDA.aspx, call (518) 434-5265, or email communitydevelopment@albanyny.gov for more information.

Department of Recreation:
Recreation facilities will be closed effective immediately to evaluate further precautions necessary to safeguard the health and wellbeing of community members and staff.
Effective immediately, all Senior programs offered by the Department are suspended until further notice. This includes Water Yoga, Senior Fit at St. Sophia's, and Zumba Gold, and the postponing of our annual Healthy Aging Fair originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. A new date will be announced at a later date.
Facility reservations will only take place through RecDesk by visiting www.albanyny.recdesk.com
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/Recreation.aspx, call (518) 434-5699, or email recreation@albanyny.gov for more information.

Department of Youth & Workforce Services:
The City is suspending the Summer Youth Employment Program application process until further notice and will be extending the deadline for applications at a later date.
Transactions that must be facilitated in-person may only occur by appointment. You must call (518) 242-8239 to set up an in-person appointment at 175 Central Avenue.
Please visit https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/YouthandWorkforceServices.aspx, call (518) 242-8239, or email workforce@capreg.org for more information.

City Treasurer:
All City payments must be processed online by visiting https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/Treasurer.aspx
If you are unable to make a payment online, in-person appointments may be available on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the Treasurer’s Office by calling (518) 434-5036 for more information to set up an in-person appointment at City Hall.

Parking Violations Bureau:
All Parking Ticket payments must be processed online by visiting https://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/Treasurer/TreasurerParkingViolations.aspx
If you are unable to make a payment online, in-person appointments may be available on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the Parking Violations Bureau by calling (518) 434-5006 for to set up an in-person appointment at City Hall.

Public Meetings, including meetings of the Common Council and Public Hearings:
Effective immediately, all Common Council meetings, public hearings, and other gatherings of City of Albany public boards, authorities, and commissions that have not already been cancelled will be physically closed to the public.
Meetings that continue as previously scheduled will be available via teleconference, and public comment will be available via email and a dedicated voicemail system. All messages will be entered into meeting minutes as is already done in the normal course of business. Applicable phone numbers and email addresses will be provided as part of the updated notice for each applicable meeting.

Parking, Red Light Camera, Vehicle & Traffic, and Landlord/Tenant Courts:
Effective immediately, the following changes to the City’s Civil Court schedule have taken effect as per the New York State Office of Court Administration’s memo in conjunction with the City of Albany’s Corporation Counsel:
Parking Ticket & Red Light Camera Ticket Court
All scheduled court dates have been adjourned
A notice will be mailed that will include a new adjudication date
Vehicle & Traffic Court
Adjudication of all outstanding tickets has been suspended
Please do not come to Court to adjudicate the applicable ticket – a notice will be mailed that will include a new adjudication date
Landlord/Tenant Court
Adjudication of all outstanding cases has been suspended
Please do not come to Court to adjudicate the applicable case – a notice will be mailed that will include a new adjudication date
Please contact the Albany City Court Clerk at (518) 453-4640 or via email at AlbanyCivilCourt@nycourts.gov with any additional questions.

State of Emergency Declaration:

Mayor Sheehan has declared a State of Emergency and signed an Emergency Order directing all City-owned buildings be closed to the public unless expressly provided for above. Additionally, Mayor Sheehan has signed an Emergency Order instituting a moratorium on all non-emergency evictions within the City of Albany for at least the next five days.

COVID-19 Prevention and Symptom Information:

As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms. You may also find a variety of COVID-19 response information specific to the City of Albany by visiting www.albanyny.gov/government/mayorsoffice/covid19.aspx

Are you experiencing all symptoms of COVID19? Call ahead to your doctor to discuss your symptoms, let them guide you in the right direction, and/or call NYS DOH at 1-888-364-3065.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office should you have any questions relating to COVID-19 at (518) 455-4178, or e-mail us at fahyp@nyassembly.gov.

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