Best Buy reopening most stores to in-person shoppers on June 15

The retailer encourages people to wear masks while they shop.
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Best Buy is reopening the "majority" of its stores to walk-in customers starting June 15, the retail chain announced Tuesday.

The Minnesota-based retailer will reopen more than 800 of its 1,000-plus locations in North America, a release says.

“Throughout the (COVID-19) pandemic, nothing has been more important to us than the safety of our customers and employees,” Ray Sliva, president of retail, said in a statement. “We’re now confident we can provide a safe experience for shoppers who want to visit our stores to browse, see tech products firsthand and get helpful advice from our Blue Shirts or Geek Squad Agents.”

When stores reopen, Best Buy will continue to encourage social distancing with signage and by limiting the number of people inside to 25 percent capacity (that's about 60 or more customers, depending on the size of the store), the release says. If stores reach capacity, people will line up until it's their turn to shop. 

It is requiring all employees to wear face coverings at all times and is asking the customers do the same. Best Buy will provide them for those who need them, it says. 

Other safety guidelines it has implemented include temperature checks for employees, frequent sanitization of areas and surfaces within the store, installing shields at checkout counters, and dedicated shopping hours (Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.) for elderly and vulnerable shoppers.

The reopening of stores also means people will get back to work. Best Buy says it's bringing back more than 9,000 previously furloughed full- and part-time store employees and Geek Squat Agents. 

Best Buy will still offer contactless curbside pickup and in-store consultations, which it started offering during the coronavirus pandemic.

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