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Economic Action Steps — Retail

Retail establishments vary in size, with a small number such as grocery, big box, and construction goods remaining open during all of COVID-19 as essential businesses. Businesses which remained open implemented safety procedures which resulted in increased expenditures, and faced difficulties in hiring employees. Inconsistent supply of PPE, lack of access to affordable employee childcare, unpredictable shifts in customer purchasing behavior, and competition with corporate online retailers are all challenges faced by many small and mid-size retailers.

Current Retail Business Practices

The following practices are being implemented by retailers around the county and nation to address COVID-19-related disruptions. These practices may be helpful for retailers not currently using them.

Actions to Support the Retail Industry

The following actions by governments, economic development organizations, trade organizations, and others would provide support to the restaurant and bar industry during the current COVID-19 crisis.

To see recommendations for other industries, click on the industry link below:

Agriculture Healthcare Real Estate
Auto Hotels & Lodging Religious
Camps In-Home & Residential Services Restaurants & Bars
Child Care Manufacturing Retail
Construction Nonprofits Schools
Entertainment & Tourism Office Setting Sports and Recreation
Gyms and Wellness Facilities Personal Care Transportation