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Washington grocery stores offering virtual lines to encourage more social distancing

All you do is give your name and phone number before you get here and you get a text notification when it’s your turn to come in.

SEATTLE — Two local grocery stores are now offering shoppers the chance to wait in a virtual line to cut down on the number of people waiting to get inside. 

"It's been very different and very strange,” said shopper Liesl Langley. 

Shoppers are making adjustments in order to get what they need and grocery store chains are implementing new social distancing practices in order to make the process safer. 

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You can now wait in a virtual line at the Ballard Market and the Town and County Bainbridge stores. You simply head to the store's website and select 'get in line'. 

“All you do is give your name and phone number before you get here and we can send you a text notification when it’s your turn to come in,” said Dave Garcia, a Ballard Market store manager. 

The new virtual line option is not a requirement. If you don't have a smartphone or internet access, and employee standing at the front entrance will be able to help get you signed up.