Mountain High00000000

May 1 is the first full day many of Alabama’s retail stores can open up in more than a month.

Strict occupancy and social distancing requirements are in effect still, thanks to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

In Tuscaloosa, many stores took advantage, but others are remaining closed.

Mountain High Outfitters in the Shoppes at Legacy Park didn’t waste any time opening its doors, and customers were out bright and early.

“I think people are excited to get out of the house and pick up some things, but we’re not expecting an overwhelming amount,” said Mountain High Outfitters General Manager Nicole Dix. “We’re still offering curbside service for those who aren’t comfortable coming in. We’re excited to get back to as normal as we can while still remaining safe.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered nonessential businesses closed on March 27 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. On  April 28, she lightened restrictions starting April 30 at 5 p.m.

Retail stores were given the green light to open their doors as long as they allowed in only half their stores’ capacities, required social distancing among customers and followed Alabama Department of Public Health sanitation guidelines.

“So we definitely want to follow all the precautions that we can, so we will be at half capacity and all of our staff will be required to wear masks,” Dix said. “We’re offering hand sanitizer at the door and we’re sanitizing everything every hour.”

Mountain High Outfitters isn’t the only store opening its doors.

DSW is also opening with new safety guidelines, but they’re also continuing curbside service for customers who are still leery of shopping in person.

Bed, Bath and Beyond remains closed, as does Cost Plus World Market.

WVUA 23 spoke with a manager at Dicks Sporting Goods, who said they’re not opening yet either. For now, they’re offering curbside service until their corporate office determines they can open the doors.

In Midtown Village, the manager at Best Buy could not go on camera but said the store continues offering curbside service only for the moment. Ulta next door is open, but also offering curbside service.

Kirkland’s home furnishings is open, and one shopper there said they’d been waiting for this day to come.

“I heard the news last night that they’re going to be open today,” said customer Margot Rose. “I was like, OK, first time I’m going to show up at 10 a.m. And that’s what I did.”

<p>The governor’s Safer at Home orders remain in effect through May 15.</p>

In Tuscaloosa, Mayor Walt Maddox has enacted his own plan for reopening the city. Read more about <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>that right here</a>.

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