Walmart, Target, and Costco were ordered to halt all in-person sales of nonessential items in Vermont, according to a state government agency.
“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 Secretary Lindsay Kurrle in a statement. “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."
Kurrle said the move will allow the state to put "public health first" and reduce the number of people in stores. "Online ordering, delivery, and curbside pickup whenever possible" is allowed, she said.
Groceries, medicine, animal feed, and other essential supplies can be sold at the stores, the bulletin said.
The stores now have to "restrict access to non-essential goods," and "stores must close aisles, close portions of the store, or remove items from the floor," according to the agency. "Except in the event of emergencies threatening the health and welfare of a customer, showrooms and garden sections of large home improvement centers should be closed," it says.