States are Forcing Big Box Retailers and Others to Shut Down Parts of Their Stores; Stop Selling ‘Nonessential’ Items

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a new stay-at-home order on Thursday that bars large stores like Walmart, Costco, and Target from selling “nonessential” items such as plants, furniture, paint, and more.

“If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” Whitmer said Thursday of the new order. With the order, Michigan joins Vermont and a number of local governments that have taken similar measures, prompting stores to rope off aisles and bar certain purchases.

The Michigan order, which went into effect at 11:59 PM on Thursday, specifically requires stores larger than 50,000 square feet to close areas dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint. The order suggests that stores close these sections by “placing signs in aisles, posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves,” or using other means…  Business Insider

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