Some of the busiest places these days are drugstores.
In fact, Rite Aid reported that the company saw increases in comparable front-end sales of 33 percent, due to demand for personal care, paper products and over the counter medications and the company also saw an increase in prescription medications.
And while they have not seen as many customers the last few weeks, those that are shopping at Rite Aid, have more in their baskets, according to Rite Aid officials.
Rite Aid has used tape for social distancing and both Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy have installed Plexiglas but, one major change will take place beginning on Sunday night at all essential businesses like Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens.
Gov.Tom Wolf announced, if you work at an essential business or are shopping in one you will need to wear a face mask.
Wolf signed the order. Wolf’s order will require all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food.
In those cases, the business must provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of goods. Some bus services have already required that customers wear face masks.
Both Rite Aid and CVS officials both said that they have face masks for their employees.
As of last week, employees at all of our stores are required to wear masks or face coverings, Stephanie Cunha, manager of public relations at CVS Pharmacy said.
Rite Aid held an earnings call and while no one specifically addressed the requirement for all employees and customers to wear face masks in Pennsylvania, Rite Aid’s CEO, Heyward Donavan said that it will be providing all of its employees with face masks.
“We have and will continue to ship masks for every front line associate,” she said.
In addition to the requirement of wearing face masks, the order also included a myriad of other requirements including limiting occupancy to no greater than 50 percent of the number stated on a facility’s certificate of occupancy.
CVS has limited its stores to 40 customers nationwide and they will have signage for its all customers regarding face masks.
In any city, town or county that requires the public to wear masks or face coverings, we will have store signage in place, Cunha said.
Rite Aid has also said that it is adhering to any limits set by local municipalities regarding the number of customers allowed to shop at any one time in stores.
As far as selling face masks, Rite Aid and Walgreens have both confirmed that they are selling face masks but both have said that due to high demand they are selling out and both are quickly trying to restock.
Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens all have locations in the midstate.