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Some parts of the United States are mandating that big box stores like Walmart and Target only sell essential items in an effort to decrease the traffic in stores to slow the spread of the coronavirus
Places like Walmart and Target have been allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic because they sell essential items like groceries and toiletries and offer pharmacy services.
Different parts of the country have told stores that sell essential items that they need to either remove nonessential items or rope off those areas and stop selling anything that is not deemed essential for survival.
Vermont issued a declaration at the end of March ordering big box stores to stop selling nonessential items as outlined in the governor’s executive order regarding essential businesses.
“Large ‘big box’ retailers generate significant shopping traffic by virtue of their size and the variety of goods offered in a single location.”
“This volume of shopping traffic significantly increases the risk of further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters and the viability of Vermont’s health care system. We are directing these stores to put public health first and help us reduce the number of shoppers.”
– Lindsay Kurrle
Customers can still shop for the items online and pick them up via curbside pickup at the the store
In Indiana, Howard County, has enforced a similar rule after receiving concerns from big box employees about customers congregating in the stores to browse nonessential items, essentially putting people at greater risk of contacting the coronavirus.
Other areas of the country have enforced similar rules in an attempt to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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