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Coronavirus: Public Health Issues Guidance for Retail Businesses

After Gov. Jay Inslee banned gatherings of more than 250 people Wednesday, Public Health, Seattle & King County also issued a health officer order prohibiting events of less than 250 people, unless specific measures are taken by event organizers to minimize the risk of coronavirus. You can find more information on the measures later in this story.

For retail businesses like grocery and drug stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and others, as well as transportation businesses, Public Health issued an expanded guidance document on how to comply with the new order.

The guidance released Wednesday is in addition to guidance released earlier such as staggering work schedules and large work-related gatherings.

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Key elements include stopping handshaking, implementing or promoting “tap and pay” methods to limit handling cash, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces like door handles, and increasing ventilation.

Retail and service businesses are also encouraged to think of ways to cut down on crowding, such as using scheduling to stagger the flow of customers, using online transactions when possible, and managing customer lines.

Food sharing should also be limited, and staff who handle food directly, along with their close contacts, should practice strict hygiene.

Transportation businesses such as ride shares and taxis should keep vehicle windows open when possible, increase ventilation and regularly disinfect surfaces… KIRO7 New

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