Non-profit organisation Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona announced that it has reopened some of its retail stores amid coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The organisation closed all of its 90 stores in Arizona on 1 April due to viral infection outbreak.
According to media sources, a total of 21 stores will open in the US state. These outlets will operate on revised hours daily.
The stores are located in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Goodyear, Peoria, Surprise, Glendale, Buckeye, Tempe, Chandler, Apache Junction, Maricopa and Queen Creek.
Goodwill marketing and communications vice-president Courtney Nelson was quoted by fox10phoenix.com as saying: “We wanted to take the proper steps to make sure our stores are safe, secure.
“We can help anybody that needs a job or a better job. Unfortunately, we can’t do that if we don’t have the funding, and our retail stores fund those mission programs.
“Our team members are so important to us, and that was a really hard time for us to have our store closed and not have our team members with us.
“So to be able to bring 400 team members back is so exciting for us, and we want to do that to so many other team members throughout the communities.”
The company has installed plexiglass at retail stores and markers to encourage customers to maintain social distancing while waiting in line.