Governor Opens Curbside & Delivery Service May 5th
Today, Governor Walz released Executive Order 20-48, which extended the stay at home order until Monday, May 18. The Executive Order also allows retail establishments to begin curbside and delivery services starting Monday, May 4. According to the Administration allowing curbside and delivery services will allow 30,000 Minnesotans get back to work.
In allowing curbside pick-up and delivery, the Governor put out these guidelines:
· All customer facing retail establishments are eligible for delivery/pick-up starting Monday
· Every business must develop and post a plan for how to do so; click here for a template
· Online payment should be used in every possible scenario
· Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment
· In curbside pick-up, social distancing guidelines apple. Do not leave your car if possible
· In delivery, items should be deposited outside a customer's residence
For more information on guidance on re-opening businesses click here.
MnRA thanks the Governor for opening curbside and delivery across the state. This step is important as laid out in our Critical Next Steps plan. We recognize this is only a short term step and will continue to work with the Governor on re-opening retail stores to customers.
Minnesota Retailers Association President Bruce Nustad's Statement on Governor Walz's Stay At Home Extension Allowing Retail Curbside & Delivery Service
"We appreciate the Governor’s critical action today allowing retailers in each community across Minnesota to offer curbside service and delivery as he extended Minnesota’s Stay At Home Order to May 18. While it’s short of being open, allowing all retailers to offer safe curbside and delivery service for their customers is vital to getting some cash flowing in thousands and thousands of Main Street and community businesses that have been completely closed.
The safety of customers and workers at retailers now able to offer curbside will be at the forefront of each transaction. Thankfully all retailers benefit from the safety steps and examples of retailers that have been open as essential since the beginning of Minnesota’s Stay A Home order, and the Minnesota Retailers Association is committed to being a hub and resource for retailers as they safely meet the needs of their customers.
Some of our recommended best practices for curbside and delivery include:
· Contactless payment when possible
· Social distancing at curbside pickup and delivery
· Enhanced cleaning and social distancing in the store by workers fulfilling orders
· Use of face covering, especially when social distancing isn’t possible
· Clear signage and communication between the retailer and customer.
We are grateful the Governor took this step today as this action is an important step balancing public health and economic health. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and his commissioners on the critical next steps for Minnesota’s retailers and consumers."###