The not-so-grand reopening of retail

As governors relaxed stay-at-home orders and people ventured out in recent days, the number of new reported cases of COVID-19 has surged again, reaching a single-day record on Sunday, according to the World Health Organization. Between Jan. 20 and July 1 of this year there have been 2,573,393 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 126,573 deaths in the U.S., according to WHO data. That has prompted a return to rules limiting gatherings and called into question the wisdom of reopening bars, restaurants and stores. It’s a predicament for retailers, which have taken a hit as most nonessential stores were closed starting in March in hopes of stemming the pandemic. Read more at Retail Dive.