PHOENIX — Arizona retail stores will be allowed to reopen on Monday, but Gov. Doug Ducey says the shops will have to stick to certain restrictions to help keep customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Taking these responsible steps that prioritize public health will help grow confidence and ensure we don’t just reopen all businesses, but do it successfully,” Ducey said in a statement released Friday.
Ducey extended his stay-at-home executive order through May 15, but he modified it to allow retail stores to open.
Starting Monday, May 4, retail stores can sell goods through delivery, window, walk-up or drive-through services, curbside delivery or appointment if they follow proper sanitation and physical distancing measures.
On Friday, May 8, those stores can partially open to customers as long as the shops provide social distancing services.
This is what the state recommends customers do while shopping at these stores:
• Stay home if sick
• Order online or use curbside pickup if possible
• Protect yourself while shopping with a face covering
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines.
• Visit during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).
• If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk.
• Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad).
• After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer.
The state also has guidance for store managers, that include:
• Maintain physical distancing
• Operating with reduced occupancy and capacity based on the size of the business location
• Implementing comprehensive sanitation protocols.
• Continuing to provide options for delivery or curbside service even if a location allows customers
• Closing fitting rooms at clothing stores, meeting rooms or other enclosed spaces accessible
• Implementing symptom screening for employees prior to the start of their shift.
• Considering offering cloth face coverings to employees and visitors to wear