For Keystone College softball players Shannon Lloyd and Tunkhannock Area’s Erin Dunn, the student-athletes’ seasons were cut short during spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And like many college students, the players were also balancing softball, academics and work throughout the semester.

But, with the softball season postponed in March, the duo still had to focus on school and work as Lloyd and Dunn are employed by their local grocery stores.

Lloyd — a senior from King of Prussia — works as a cashier at Wegman’s.

“There’s been a lot of changes regarding safety measures and interacting with customers,” Lloyd explained. “We now have to stay a certain distance away, wear masks and consistently clean things down.”

“It has been difficult to ease into the transition, but my coworkers and managers have made this easier. We are all doing our best to lower the risk of getting sick for customers and workers.”

Lloyd explained how Wegman’s is limiting the number of customers inside and the layout of the store looks different as there are no self-serve food stations or public seating.

“I am hopeful that it will be better soon and restrictions will relax as this is a tough time to be working,” Lloyd continued. “I think certain things will remain the same, such as limiting the amount of people there are in the store at once.”

Dunn — a freshman from Harveys Lake — is employed at Weis Markets and expresses the same sentiments as Lloyd.

“We’ve had to take so many precautions at work,” Dunn stated. “I hope the future holds a sense of normalcy as myself and others are growing restless of the stay at home order.”

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