Shops of the largest retailers in the U.S. are beginning to open with a variety of restrictions and new rules.
Many large retailers such as Nordstrom, Macy's, Best Buy, and Gap are gradually opening stores that are closed due to quarantine. But returning customers are still waiting for some changes, both in the sales areas and at the cash desks. All of these factors are in one way or another connected to the increased safety of visitors and assistants.
According to Gap Inc., the retailer plans to open about 800 stores in Gap, Old Navy, Athleta, Banana Republic, Janie & Jack, and Intermix by the end of May. At the same time, visitors will be waiting for such "innovations" as universally installed corpsmen and safety screens at cash desks. Lavatories and dressing rooms will be temporarily closed, and stores will be working on a reduced schedule for now. All employees will wear masks, and visitors are encouraged to do the same.
More security measures will be taken at Best Buy stores. So, if you need a consultation on any of the products, you will need to sign up for it in advance, online, or by making a phone call. The equipment, which will be examined by visitors, will be processed before and after the consultation. Self-service checkout machines will also be cleaned before and after payment. Naturally, there will be plenty of corpsmen and markers placed throughout the room to ensure the social distance between the two of them. In total, Best Buy plans to open 200 stores in the United States.
Macy's will start with 68 stores and will bring that figure to 775 by mid-June. Corpsmen and safety screens will welcome visitors at cash desks. Most dressing rooms will be closed. Those that will remain open will be regularly disinfected, and paraphernalia will be quarantined for 24 hours before being returned to the sales floor. Buyers will be required to clean their hands before fitting the items, and the objects themselves will be disinfected after each try. The ear-piercing service will be temporarily suspended, and cosmetic testers will only leave one-off items in the store for a limited time.
Nordstrom also plans to open stores in stages with various innovations. They will limit the number of people who can be in the outlet at the same time. For this purpose, there will be an employee at the entrance who counts visitors. Sanitarians will be added to the standard, and safety screens will be installed at the cash desks. It will be possible to use only non-cash payments, ATMs will be closed. Most of the dressing rooms will be closed; the remaining openers will be disinfected continuously. Also, the places where there are always most visitors will be regularly cleaned. And no make-up services (only practical advice on styling), no cafes.
It is not yet known how long such restrictions will last, most likely at least a few more months.