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The US’ Government of Vermont has revealed plans to gradually reopen retail stores on 18 May amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Burlington Free Press has reported that the stores will have to comply with certain conditions, including requiring all employees to wear masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.

Store’s occupancy (employees and customers) will also be limited to not more than 25% of the maximum legal capacity.

Additionally, Big box stores will also be allowed to begin selling non-essential items.

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As part of this move, Vermont governor Phil Scott has reportedly requested the Agency of Commerce and Community Development to work with the departments of Health and Public Safety to develop and release guidance this week.

Governor Scott also urged them to develop a safety plan, which must be submitted to the state and approved.

Despite having one of the slowest rates of case growth in the country, Scott wants the state to remain vigilant because of the outbreaks in nearby states.

The has quoted Scott as saying: “Even as we continue to reopen, I urge Vermonters not to let up on physical distancing, washing your hands and staying home when ill, limiting travel and wearing masks around others.”

The state has already permitted manufacturing, construction and distribution businesses to return to full capacity this week.

Confirmed cases on coronavirus have reached 4,190,817 globally while the death toll stands at 286,513.