Retail stores are some of the few establishments that remain open during public health emergencies. Consumers need to purchase essential supplies, including food and water. The known transmission routes of the new coronavirus are through either direct or indirect person-to-person contact.
To prevent infection from spreading, experts from the World Health Organization recommend proper hand-washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
Retail stores are normally densely populated, so there are plenty of opportunities for person-to-person contact among both employees and customers. Therefore, the managers of retail stores that remain open during public health emergencies must take extra precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.