Minnesota stores reopen with new safety precautions

Retailers are excited to reopen while customers remain hesitant in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: May 18, 2020 10:37 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 7:32 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Monday was the first day Minnesota retail stores, malls, and other main street businesses were allowed to reopen their doors to the public.

Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester has a lot of small businesses. One store manager says her boutique was bustling with excited customers.

“It feels amazing,” Robyn Kennedy said. “It’s super great – we’ve had a lot of customers come in today.”

Kennedy is the store manager of the Primp boutique in downtown Rochester. She says the customers she spoke with were excited to get inside the shop, even with new restrictions in place.

“They’re so happy just to be in the store environment and we have all new inventory. They (customers) can try clothes on, too, they just have to wear a mask in the fitting room. We also have hand sanitizer stations everywhere so it’s just a good vibe.”

While Primp is just one of the many retailers ecstatic to have cash flow once more, some folk like Cyra Valente, think it’s happening too soon. Valente is from South Carolina and is in the Med City this week for Mayo Clinic.

“We’ve put forth so much effort to stay secluded and get the numbers of the virus down, so then just to go 0-100 I think is a little scary,” Valente said.”

But stores wouldn’t have the Governor’s green light to reopen without added precautions in place.

“We do have disposable masks they can wear in the fitting rooms they can wear around the store as well,” Kennedy added. “We have hand sanitizers and we’re cleaning the store constantly all day and all the employees have to wear a mask, too.”

While all those safety measures are enough to put some customers' minds at ease, Valente still has her reservations.

“I think we should still be waiting a little bit longer for the death toll to go down.”

The “Stay Safe Minnesota” order allows shops to open on May 18 at half capacity if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity.

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Cases: 552117

Reported Deaths: 7073
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Hennepin1149761676
Ramsey47562851
Dakota42219422
Anoka38230415
Washington24823273
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Scott15865117
Wright14700126
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Carver974845
Clay780689
Rice7588101
Blue Earth693240
Kandiyohi626079
Crow Wing612186
Chisago546650
Otter Tail541373
Benton527997
Mower450032
Douglas440570
Goodhue440471
Winona437849
Nobles399448
Morrison392559
McLeod391554
Isanti373559
Beltrami371357
Itasca368352
Polk364467
Steele359914
Becker352048
Lyon347348
Carlton328152
Freeborn325529
Pine310321
Nicollet305342
Brown293839
Mille Lacs279550
Le Sueur268822
Todd267730
Cass248726
Meeker234137
Waseca230720
Martin212329
Wabasha19943
Roseau196318
Hubbard171241
Renville171243
Dodge17083
Redwood166035
Houston162414
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Fillmore15159
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Chippewa145236
Wadena143521
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Cases: 357296

Reported Deaths: 5818
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Scott19017234
Black Hawk15532306
Woodbury14878221
Johnson1401781
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Story1029847
Warren554486
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Lee368155
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Boone257933
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Washington249350
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Mahaska224450
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Clay210325
Tama206671
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Page190320
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