The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) released a “Blueprint for Shopping Safe” on Monday outlining a phased-in approach to reopening retail. The plan urges governors to issue uniform, statewide protocols for retailers to adopt as they reopen stores and work to keep employees and customers safe.
“As conversations turn to the reopening of the economy, retailers are uniquely situated to provide input, because we’ve been on both sides of the stay at home orders,” said Brian Dodge, RILA president. “Groceries, pharmacies and other retailers that have remained open have implemented practices and protocols that are keeping employees and communities safe. The Blueprint released today builds off those successful operating practices. Our goal is for the safe reopen of retail, and we want everyone, policymakers, employees and our customers to know that the industry is ready to Shop Safe.”
“Retailers’ number one priority is customer safety, employee safety, and store and facility environment safety,” added Matthew Shay, president and CEO of NRF. “Since the onset of the pandemic, retailers have been following the guidance of CDC and other public health experts and are taking additional measures to keep their employees and customers safe.”
The Blueprint details three phases for reopening retail:
Phase 1 – Allow E-commerce, Contactless Curbside Pickup & In-Home Delivery
Phase 2 – Re-Open Stores to the Public, with Social Distancing Protocols & Reduced Occupancy
Phase 3 – Establish Protection, Then Lift All Restrictions
“Consistent guidelines – without overburdensome regulatory schemes – across all levels of government is critical,” Shay said. “As an industry, we are committed to working with the Administration, Congressional and state leaders, and the professional medical community to help all families Shop Safe.”
“As governors and state health departments evaluate conditions, we want them to have confidence that retailers are adopting the social distancing, hygiene, and sanitization practices necessary to keep customers, employees, and the entire community safe,” said Dodge.