All Fine Wine & Good Spirit stores were set to reopen on June 5, but several stores in southeast Pennsylvania will remain closed for the foreseeable future after being damaged during recent protests, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus reopening plans, every county in the Commonwealth will have moved into the yellow phase by Friday, which is aggressive mitigation. Most businesses are allowed to reopen in the yellow phase, however, social distancing guidelines remain a requirement.
As counties reopen, 525 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores are going to allow limited in-store public access, the PLCB reported on Thursday. An additional 176 stores will open Friday, too.
The stores are located in the following counties: 14 in Berks County, 31 in Bucks County, 19 in Chester County, 17 in Delaware County, 13 in Lackawanna County, 19 in Lancaster County, 17 in Lehigh County, 33 in Montgomery County, and 13 in Northampton County.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, each store was “professionally sanitized, and Plexiglass was installed at registers to provide a physical barrier between employees and customers at checkout,” PLCB officials said. “All Fine Wine & Good Spirits employees are being provided masks, gloves, and frequent opportunities to wash hands.”
Thirty-one stores in Philadelphia and one store in Delaware County have to undergo repairs before reopening. They received “extensive damage” during recent protests when looting broke out, according to the PLCB. One store in downtown Pittsburgh also was damaged by looting and won’t be reopening on June 5 either.
Curbside pickup will resume on Friday at 17 stores in Philadelphia.
The following mitigation efforts will be in place as these stores resume limited in-store public access:
- Stores will limit the number of customers in a store at any time, allowing no more than 25 people (employees and customers) in any location and further restricting numbers of customers in smaller stores.
- The first hour each store is open each day will be reserved for customers at high risk for COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and older. Voluntary compliance from all customers is encouraged in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable community members.
- Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, guided by signage throughout the stores.
- Signage will also direct customers to follow one-way patterns to avoid cross-traffic and encourage them to refrain from touching products unless they intend to buy them.
- Store employees will perform enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and store hours will be modified to ensure appropriate time for cleaning and restocking.
- All sales are final, and no returns will be accepted until further notice.
Stores open and their hours are identified on the store locator page of FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.
More than one million orders for curbside pickup were managed between April 20 through June 4, which totaled $72.1 million, including sales tax, in preliminary estimates, according to the PLCB. Curbside pickup is still an option.
The PLCB will also continue accepting online orders at FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com. According to preliminary, unaudited figures, e-commerce sales from April 1 through June 4 total more than 212,000 orders for $20.3 million, excluding sales tax. In fiscal year 2018-19, e-commerce sales between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, totaled 39,000 orders for $5 million.
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