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LIVERMORE, CA - JULY 18: A Safeway customer browses in the fruit and vegetable section at Safeway's new "Lifestyle" store July 18, 2007 in Livermore, California. Safeway unveiled its newest Lifestyle store that features numerous organic and natural foods as well as expanded produce, meat, seafood and floral departments. The store also offers freshly made desserts and baked goods, a coffee roaster, a fresh nut bar and wine section with over 2,000 wines, some of which are stored in a climate controlled wine cellar. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

While we are all self-isolating at home, many of us do need to leave the house to get supplies, which can certainly be stressful when you think about having to be in a store with lots of people. Well, now OpenTable is doing something to help ease folks’ minds.

The restaurant reservation site just launched a new service that seeks to prevent overcrowding in supermarkets, restaurants and other retailers. The site’s software will now let shoppers choose available shopping time slots in order to minimize the amount of people in an establishment at one time and decrease lines at checkout. The hope is that with less people coming in contact with each other it will slow the spread of the coronavirus.

While many restaurants are closed for dining across the country, they are allowed to do take out orders and delivery, and the new service will help decrease the lines for those waiting to pick up their meals. According to OpenTable, just last week take out and delivery orders increased 400% across the U.S.

As for the new service, OpenTable says shopping windows and party sizes will depend on the store, but folks who reserve slots will be able to receive text alerts when it’s their shopping time.

This is genius!