Retailers prepare to reopen Thursday

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 17:43:22-04

(WXYZ) — Shoppers will be able to go into stores, with some restrictions, starting tomorrow. You might want to stuff a little “patience” in your wallet when you go shopping.

“For the first time in a couple of months, retailers can actually throw open their doors to customers.”

Meegan Holland is with the Michigan Retailers Association. She says even though some stores were able to open earlier with 10 people or less in the shop, the newer lifted restrictions will fill up stores with more shoppers.

“Stores with 50,000 square feet or more can have four people per thousand square feet and then stores under that can have 25% of their Fire Marshall capacity and that includes employees.”

Many big box retailers are sending out new policies, like employee health screenings, contactless payments, social distance signs, and strict sanitizing procedures.

Many stores like Von Maur in Livonia will be opened with limited hours, 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 6pm. Stores like Kohl’s and JCPenney plan to do the same, but hours may differ at each store. Both will have special hours for customers who are elderly or at risk.

Macy’s released a graphic to explain how they will move forward.

Be ready to see signs inside stores.

“Floor decal arrows through the store directing you, you may see wider aisles I stores, you’ll see hand sanitizing stations a lot of signage.”

Many retailers will continue to offer curbside pickup.

Stores, like Nordstrom in Troy, are not opening tomorrow.

Meegan says when you go shopping call to make sure the shop you want to check out is open.

“The pandemic has trained people to shop online and those local stores need your shopping dollars more than ever.”

Shoppers must continue to wear a mask in public enclosures.

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