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Coping with COVID: Can Your Store Stay Open?

So, what about you retailers? If you provide food, supplements, health care products, home convenience products…then likely the answer is yes, you can stay open if you want. We’re not just squinting at a bad situation and trying to rationalize our own existence here. From a CBD retailer perspective, we just got our customers to a baseline of health with CBD products. It would be a shame to have them slip away because of lack of access.

In our ongoing series on how to cope with being a small business or retailer in the COVID-19 crisis, we’re trying to tackle the questions that retailers have most right now. Today we’re taking on a big question: Can you even keep your store open if you want to?

The Answer Is Local

We have been digging, and it turns out the question of “Can I Stay Open?” is one that’s being decided at local and municipal levels more-so than at the state or even federal level. In California, cannabis retailers tried to petition Governor Newsom to allow cannabis providers to be exempted as “essential services”. In response, the Governor deferred to local and county leadership. So far most dispensaries have been allowed to stay open as long as they practice distancing requirements.

So, what about you retailers? If you provide food, supplements, health care products, home convenience products…then likely the answer is yes, you can stay open if you want. We’re not just squinting at a bad situation and trying to rationalize our own existence here. From a CBD retailer perspective, we just got our customers to a baseline of health with CBD products. It would be a shame to have them slip away because of lack of access.

Keeping Customers Safe

If you do stay open, then you have a responsibility to your customers and your employees to do so very cautiously. You have to make sure that your customer’s and employees safety is your #1 priority.

For starters, follow all CDC guidelines without fail. Ensure distancing rules for customers and employees. Clean high-touch surfaces as often as necessary including counters, door handles, desks, and any public bathrooms. Provide nitrile gloves for employees and customers (upon request), offer sanitizing wipes to customers on entry to the building, and minimize the number of customers in your store to maintain group gathering limits.

While all of the above may seem like a nightmare, it sure beats closing outright. As long as we limit human exposure, we will all get through this together..and hopefully open.

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