Should big-box stores like Walmart limit themselves to selling essentials only in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?
So far, no indication has been considered by the government, but such a decision has just been made in southern Vermont, where retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Costco, have been ordered to stop the personal sale of non-essential products.
These stores in the United States must stick to the sale of items such as food and prescription drugs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Items such as cosmetics, carpets and floor coverings, clothing, consumer electronics and more cannot be sold, but this merchandise can still be sold through online stores.
The state’s trade and community development agency said the directive was intended to clarify a decree from Governor Phil Scott two weeks ago.
“Large” big box “retailers generate significant commercial traffic because of their size and the variety of products offered in one location,” said Lindsay Kurrle, secretary of the Trade and Community Development Agency, in an agency press release.
“This volume of shopping traffic dramatically increases the risk of this dangerous virus spreading to Vermonters and the sustainability of Vermont’s healthcare system. We ask these stores to prioritize public health and help us reduce the number of buyers by requiring online ordering, curbside delivery and pickup whenever possible, and by stopping sale of non-essential items. “
Meanwhile, stores continue to close in Canada, many of which rely solely on online sales, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but grocery stores continue to operate.
The B.C. government has issued clear guidelines for food retail establishments, which have already taken many steps to prevent transmission of the virus.
Delta regulatory inspectors went to Delta grocery stores to deliver copies of the newsletter.
Meanwhile, British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced this week that he has extended the province’s state of emergency, noting that the coming weeks will be crucial.
Horgan also asked people to continue to follow the recommendation to stay at home as much as possible and maintain physical distance from others.
Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said she expects the pandemic to continue to impact daily life until the summer, followed by a second potential wave of virus this fall.