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Some of the country's biggest retailers are being asked to stop selling "non-essential" items in stores during the coronavirus pandemic.
Governments on state and local levels in Vermont, Michigan and Colorado are among those that have called upon stores, including Target, Walmart and Costco, to offer only "essential items" in an effort to reduce foot traffic. Instead, officials are encouraging these stores to have customers order items deemed "non-essential" online or over the phone for delivery or curbside pickup.
Many of these businesses have been designated to remain open so the public can continue to buy critically needed supplies such as groceries and medicine. However, as the outbreak continues to spread, government officials and businesses are increasingly finding ways to reduce the number of people that enter a store at a time in order to effectively follow proper social distancing protocols.
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The move comes after Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters last month that new data shows the administration’s social distancing guidelines were not being followed to the extent necessary to keep virus-related deaths to a minimum.