Governor, Alexander-Scott announce new guidelines for large retailers

Governor, Alexander-Scott announce new guidelines for large retailers

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott have announced new guidelines issued by the Department of Business Regulation for retailers and grocers as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

As of 5 p.m. on March 26, all retailers and grocers must:
• Allow no more than 20percent of stated fire capacity in the store at a time;
• Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;
• Clearly mark 6 feet of spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas. Stores should consider posting signage or using ropes to direct customers and to limit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas of stores;
• Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;
• Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;
• Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC are followed;
• Discontinue self-serve foods and product sampling; and
• Offer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations, including seniors, where stores will restrict entrance to maintain 10 percent of fire capacity.

Larger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and/or delivery options.