COVID-19 has changed life as we know it, and shopping is one of the most affected areas. While many retailers have only been able to serve customers online, essential businesses have been forced to quickly adapt to safety protocols to protect customers and employees.
Some restrictions will almost definitely ease up, but it’s almost inevitable that the pandemic will leave a lasting mark on retailers. Here’s a glimpse at how shopping could be different forever.
Taking your child with you to run errands might become a thing of the past. In fact, some stores have already instituted this rule.
Wisconsin-based home improvement store Menards has already banned shoppers under the age of 16. Anyone who looks younger than 16 will be asked to show identification, according to the company website.
At the beginning of the pandemic, there was some confusion regarding who should wear face masks. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings, where social distancing guidelines can be difficult to maintain.
Consequently, many stores have followed suit, requiring shoppers to wear masks. For example, effective May 4, Costco requires all shoppers — except children under age 2 and … Read The Rest