WASHINGTON — As Washington enters Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s plan to reopen the economy, a number of businesses will be allowed to resume operations: taverns and bars, restaurants, big box stores, department stores, boutiques, retailers and manufacturers.
But how those businesses are run will have changed. The state has already released rules for restaurants and taverns. Tuesday night, the Governor’s office followed up with new regulations for in-store retail and manufacturers.
Guidelines for in-store retail
The new retail guidelines apply to reopening big box stores, department stores, sporting good stores, boutiques, and any other physical location where goods are “exchanged with the general public”. The rules also apply stores that have remained open during the outbreak like groceries, supermarkets, as well as home improvement, pet and auto supply stores.
Under the new requirements, stores must:
Limit the number of shoppers to less than 30 percent the normal maximum