Rhode Island has asked all businesses to comply with social distancing guidelines and to maintain a high level of sanitation and employee hygiene in line with CDC guidance.
o Allow no more than 20 percent of stated fire capacity in the store at a time (this reduced capacity is approximately 150 square feet per person). Staff is required to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and to enforce limits.
o Clearly mark 6’ spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas and consider ways to encourage spacing if there are lines outside.
o Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers.
o Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout.
Cleaning and Sanitation:
o Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by CDC are followed.
o Discontinue self-serve foods and product sampling
Limit Time In-Store, Especially for Vulnerable Populations:
o Exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations including seniors, where stores will limit their capacity to 10 percent of fire capacity at any time (figures to 300 square feet per person)
o For larger grocery stores and retailers (those with greater than 25,000 square feet), they are encouraged to offer pickup and delivery options.