Try something on but don’t want to buy it? Shops have to take it off the shelf for 24 hours

SPOKANE, Wash. — Shops around Spokane County have started to open their doors. They’re having to follow guidelines laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee as the county goes through Phase 2 of the “Safe Start” plan.

At Chosen Vintage, their doors are still closed, citing concerns about a recent COVID-19 outbreak at a Spokane macaroni factory. They’re also still prepping to meet state requirements.

“Yeah, I mean it’s been tough because a lot of us — this is our only source of livelihood,” said Stena Ocean, a vendor at Chosen Vintage. “We’re all eager to sell vintage stuff to our customers, but not really sure if it’ll be a full blown opening based on the cases and where they’re at locally.”

While they’re determining when to open, they’re making changes inside of their store. One of the biggest curves is the sanitation of the fitting rooms.  After each customer, it has to be cleaned.

“It’s definitely going to make things harder when we typically only have one employee in the store at any given time,” Ocean explained.

If you try something on and don’t buy it, the clothing is required to be taken off the shelf or rack for a minimum of 24 hours, according to the guidelines laid out by Inslee.

“I think it’ll be challenging,” Ocean said. “It’s vintage so it kind of makes it hard to buy without — you know, the sizes and fabrics are all varying so it’s hard to buy things without trying them on when it’s vintage.”

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Like many other businesses, employees must wear face masks. Chosen Vintage will encourage customers to do the same. They’re adding markers on the floor to reduce crowding and help customers maintain social distancing guidelines.

While plexiglass isn’t required, the shop will put it up to separate the customer and employee. Barriers must be put in if social distancing cannot be done.

Stores can only have 30% capacity based on the fire code for the space and high-touch areas must be sanitized often.

As Chosen Vintage fulfills the requirements, they’re also debating if they’re going to open on Friday, May 29.

“Some of our vendors here are high-risk, you know, and we’re also having problems securing people who feel comfortable to work the register,” Ocean said. “We just want to make sure we’re being accountable to our customers and our staff.”

She said the only way they’ll open is if cases slow down.

“If cases are kind of stabilized, you know, we just want to make sure that people going out and about isn’t going to cause another uptick in the cases locally,” Ocean explained. “Because there is a give and take. You know, to keep people safe we’re kind of sacrificing our own income, but I think overall, it’s definitely worth it if you’re keeping people safe.”

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