BURLINGTON, Vt. – Large Vermont retailers such as Target, Walmart and Costco are now required to limit the sales of non-essential items in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The directive was announced by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development on Tuesday. The agency hopes it will reduce the overall number of people going into stores to purchase items such as clothing, electronics and toys during the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.
“Large ‘big box’ retailers generate significant shopping traffic by virtue of their size and the variety of goods offered in a single location,” said Lindsay Kurrle, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development in a news release.
“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.”
Retailers are being asked to promote online ordering, delivery and curbside pickup to customers. On its website, the consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is offering “Contactless Curbside” pickup and doorstep delivery.
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What items are considered ‘non-essential’?
According to the news release, large retailers must cease in-person sales of items that include, but are not limited to:
- Arts and crafts items.
- Beauty supplies.
- Carpet and flooring.
- Consumer electronics.
- Entertainment (books, music, movies).
- Home and garden.
- Photo services.
- Sports equipment.
Access to aisles or sections of the store that contain these items will be restricted. Retailers that sell essential goods such as food, beverages and medicine are still allowing in-person sales of those items.
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