As states in the U.S eases lockdown restrictions, top American retailer LL Bean is opening up several stores in the country. WGME News reported that the Freeport, Maine-based retail giant opened its Bike, Boat and Ski store along with its Hunting & Fishing store.
Essential Services, as the Government Declares
The two stores are in Freeport, and LL Bean closed them back in March. At the time, state Governor Janet Mills had issued retail centers to cease operations as the state began working towards containing the coronavirus.
However, new guidance released by the state government last month deemed bike shops, fishing supply stores, and federally licensed firearms dealers essential retailers. So, LL Bean is now in the clear.
Speaking with the news source, Amanda Hannah, the company’s Director of External Communications, highlighted some of the firm’s steps to ensure safety since the pandemic’s wave began.
“In order to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers and community, we have taken a very cautious approach in regards to reopening our retail locations. We were one of the first retailers to close our doors and began offering curbside service just last week out of an abundance of caution.”
She also confirmed that they would continue to remain vigilant and protect the lives of their customers. As part of the plan, shopping will now be done between 10 AM and 5 PM daily. The stores will also not be receiving checks or cash, and the firm will provide employees with protective gear.
Amid the coronavirus, LL Bean has worked vigorously to ensure that its operations still stay afloat. While the firm closed its retail stores in line with government guidelines, it focused on its online and catalog sales.
The firm also announced on Monday that it had opened curbside delivery services to several of its closed Freeport locations. The new curbside delivery option is expected to run to May 31.
Maine’s Slow Path to Reopening
Maine is one of the least devastated states in America, with 1,515 cases and 66 deaths, at press time. Only six states in the country have lower numbers – West Virginia, Vermont, Wyoming, Hawaii, Montana, and Alaska.
However, Maine’s Governor, Governor Mills has been proactive in her efforts to prevent a further increase. Earlier this week, she announced an extension to Maine’s state of civil emergency to June 11. She said the move would help the government work out a suitable reopening plan.
“The State of Civil Emergency also allows us to continue to draw critical Federal resources that help us equip frontline workers with needed protective equipment and to use Federal resources to support the State’s response,” she added.
still, the state government has given the green light to multiple retailers to return to work. Apart from LL Bean, the state granted reopening permission to 11 other retailers on Monday.
Reports confirmed that most of the stores are l in areas with minimal community transmission. Restaurants in the regions will also be allowed to open from May 18, although for limited dine-in services. Large chain stores in the state will remain closed.