Kohl’s reopened its 11 Oregon department stores Monday.
The department store chain is in the process of slowly reopening its stores nationwide based on local guidelines after shuttering its stores due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Kohl’s will implement new safety measures to protect customers and staff. These include limiting store hours, enforcing social distancing and implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitization. The department store chain will also require employees to wear masks and gloves, have their temperatures checked before entering the stores and complete safety trainings.
“We are taking an informed, measured approach based on a number of factors to reopen our stores on a phased timeline,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, in a statement.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced last week that all retailers within the state may reopen and that other businesses will be able to restart operations once their counties were approved to enter Phase 1 of her reopening plan.
So far, 31 counties in the state have been approved to enter Phase 1. The three counties within the Portland metro area have not applied to reopen.
The governor’s March stay-home order allowed many retailers to stay open. Some large retailers, including Home Depot, Target and Office Depot, never closed their Oregon locations.
Others, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Apple, closed voluntarily and have yet to reopen their Oregon stores.