Best Buy has announced that 800 of its stores in the U.S. will once again allow customers inside.
The retailer switched its format to curbside pickup in March to limit the spread of COVID-19. It also suspended delivery and in-home services, Fox Business said in a report.
“Throughout the pandemic, nothing has been more important to us than the safety of our customers and employees,” said Ray Sliva, president of retail. “We’re now confident we can provide a safe experience for shoppers who want to visit our stores to browse, see tech products firsthand and get helpful advice from our Blue Shirts or Geek Squad Agents.”
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The stores are set to reopen on June 15th. According to the company, it would bring back more than 9,000 previously furloughed full- and part-time workers.
An article from Business Wire explains that Best Buy stores will still enforce social distancing. They will do so by “limiting the number of customers inside the store to 25% of capacity,” the article says. This will allow up to 60 people in stores at a time, depending on the size of the store.
“If a store reaches the limit, stores will queue people in a line until they are able to shop,” the article added. Stores also will have floor signage to help customers and employees maintain 6 feet of distance at all times.”
Best Buy says they “worked closely with our field leaders to ensure we could provide the safest possible shopping experience for everyone involved and will continue to follow these steps when considering whether to make a similar experience available at our remaining Best Buy stores.”
“Since the pandemic began, we’ve strived to provide customers with as many options as possible for how to safely get the technology they need,” Sliva said. “This is the next step in that plan.”