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Big stores in Vermont are restricting access to non-essential items

Stores like Walmart, Costco and Target will be focusing on food and pharmacy items

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Large stores in Vermont including Walmart, Costco and Target have been asked to stop selling non-essential items.

Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development released a statement at the end of last month which requested that ‘big box’ retailers stop the sale of items that aren’t considered essential, in order to reduce the number of people going into the stores.

These non-essential items would include things like arts and crafts, beauty, carpet and flooring, clothing, consumer electronics, entertainment (books, music, movies), furniture, home and garden, jewelry, paint, photo services, sports equipment, toys and the like.

Basically, stores like Walmart, Costco and Target should focus on food and pharmacy products.

“Large ‘big box’ retailers generate significant shopping traffic by virtue of their size and the variety of goods offered in a single location,” said Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle. “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. We are directing these stores to put public health first and help us reduce the number of shoppers by requiring on-line ordering, delivery and curbside pickup whenever possible, and by stopping the sale of non-essential items.”

The statement also said that big box retailers should restrict access to non-essential goods, instructing them to close aisles or sections of the store, or remove items from the shop floor altogether. Non-essential items should be offered via online / phone mediums only .

As with many other states, officials in Vermont have urged people not to leave their homes unless for essential trips, to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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Comments (4)

  • Yup. I saw the article. I was like good luck with that 😂

      9 months ago
  • I'd just drive across state lines to buy what I wanted. I am not the only one who would do it. Silly restrictions like this make the problem worse as people will now travel to buy what they want, increasing the chance of spreading the virus. Government needs to give more thought about these restrictions before making them.

      9 months ago
  • It's a little bit of a let-down for garden to be closed - it would make a nice quarantine project 😊

      9 months ago
  • Stupid

      9 months ago