Boulder business open to small crowds on first day of safer-at-home

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Shoppers peruse women’s clothing store Altar’d State on the Twenty Ninth Street Mall on Saturday. (Shay Castle / Boulder Beat)
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Saturday was the first day Boulder County residents were free to buy non-essential items like clothes and home furnishings, and plenty of people took advantage of the nice weather and newly opened stores. More than half of retailers at Boulder’s busiest shopping spots were ready to receive masked spenders, and crowds were small but steady throughout the afternoon.
Safety precautions were evident everywhere. Under concurrent city and county orders, customers are required to wear facial coverings before entering any place of public accommodation (and outside anywhere six feet of space can’t be maintained). Some proprietors flung open their doors and let people wander in at will; others stationed staff by entrances to limit the number of people on premise at any one time.
Women’s clothing store Lizard Thicket went further, keeping doors closed to the public and allowing only private shopping sessions, available by appointment. Franchise owner Tonja Twito said Saturday’s slots were all filled.
In deciding what course of action to take, Twito said she thought, “What would I be comfortable with?” …

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