New Phase of COVID-19 Pandemic Shopping
As we advance to Phase 4 of Governor Whitmer's plan for moving forward since the coronavirus pandemic began, there are lots of questions and many are not sure where to begin.
According to USA Today, malls and stores that have been off limits for shoppers with all of the stay at home orders are opening the door to a brand new shopping experience.
Welcome to a new phase of COVID-19 pandemic shopping. The overall experience will not be as seamless as it used to be.
As you know, retailers can reopen to customers without an appointment on Thursday and restaurants can offer dine in service on June 8, both with capacity limits.
Here's a big question: how will retail workers serve you?
Once you walk inside the store, things will be different. It's going to be all about health and safety.
Yes, you will see reminder signs, plexiglass dividers and social distancing markers taped on the floor at stores like Walmart, Target and Whole Foods will also be in mall stores.
As far as employees being required to wear gloves and face masks, Macy's, Kohl's, Old Navy, and Ulta Beauty are among the many retailers required to do so. Shoppers will also be asked to wear masks in some cases.
And what about shopping for clothes? What about trying clothes on?
Sixty five percent of women and 54 percent of men said they will not feel safe trying on clothes in dressing rooms during the pandemic.
In some cases, alterations at many stores have been suspended as have beauty makeovers.
Also, more stores including Kohl's, Macy's and Old Navy are rolling out curbside pickup for the first time as they reopen.
As we enter phase 4, there definitely will be several changes coming our way as we continue social distancing and focus on safety tips as much as possible. USA Today has more!