Pumping Gas and COVID-19

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Unfortunately, the coronavirus is making something of a comeback. “Seventeen states across the U.S. are now seeing surges unlike anything they’ve experienced in this pandemic, and no state in the country is seeing a sustained decline,” CBS News writes.

What does this mean for Georgia State as well as producers and business establishments in Georgia? Know the most relevant facts.

Georgia Numbers Are Going Up, But Not By Much

For starters, yes, coronavirus cases in Georgia are going up. However, the rising numbers in Georgia are relatively modest compared to some of the surges in the nation. According to Healthline, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, Montana, and Minnesota are among the states with the sharpest increases. Georgia residents and business owners should be cautious, follow safety guidelines, and keep a clear head.

Significantly, Dr. Anthony Fauci reveals that a national lockdown is unlikely. In his own words, circumstances would have to get “really, really bad” for Fauci to advocate for a lockdown. Instead, “We’re going to use public health measures to help us safely get to where we want to go,” Fauci explains.

For Steady Or Thriving Sales, Put Your Customers At Ease

Some business owners do not necessarily worry about nationwide lockdowns. Even during a mandatory lockdown, businesses like wholesale gasoline suppliers and a gas station supplier will always be necessary. However, sales may remain stagnant or level off if you do not understand how to properly reach your customers.

To keep customers coming during the global pandemic, emphasize safety and transparency. Here are a few ways for a gas station supplier to keep their supply moving.

  • Emphasize your commitment to consumers’ safety. Do not leave customers to assume you are doing the right thing. Instead, get the word out. Place blatant, visible signage letting customers know what you are doing to keep them safe. Go into detail about frequent cleaning and disinfecting. Rotate disinfecting pumps during business hours and let customers see you doing it. Make it clear that employees are required to wear masks, and enforce that policy.
  • Spread awareness. Don’t leave it to customers to find out “why doctors say all those pump handles aren’t as big of a risk as you think,” according to The Drive. Your customers may be inclined to think that pumps are full of germs because they are a high-contact surface. Many different people get gas every day, so it stands to reason that many different people touch the pumps as well. However, COVID-19 is rarely spread through common-touch surfaces. It is possible, but it is very, very unlikely — unlikely enough that the Texas Medical Association rates pumping gas as a low-risk activity or a two out of 10 amid the pandemic. Droplet transmission from being near an infected person, or hugging or shaking hands with an infected person, is the most likely means of transmission.
  • Encourage customers to take precautions. It starts with industry leaders. Producers build gas stations, equipment, and provide pumps safely. Then a gas station supplier provides fuel to the masses safely. Let consumers know that you will be doing your part to ensure their safety and politely ask that they do theirs. Promote wearing masks and social distancing. Encourage customers to use hand sanitizer (provide it if you can!), and provide disposal wipes for customers to wipe down the pump before they use it. If customers want even more reassurance, they can wear one-time use, latex gloves while at the pump, and dispose of them immediately afterward.

Every year, popular gas station chains, like Sunoco, sell 5 billion gallons of gas across 25 different states. Fuel and gas are a commodity that is in high demand — perhaps even more so during uncertain times or emergencies. A gas station supplier should aim to meet that demand as safely as possible and get the word out that they are doing it. Their customers will certainly thank them for it.