Businesses alter their operations
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Local businesses are having to adjust hours, offerings and operations in order to better accommodate COVID-19 regulations and their shoppers’ health.
1819 General Store in Elizabeth has taken many steps to ensure its employees remain healthy while staying open. Store hours have been adjusted to Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All food is for take-out only. Employees are encouraging shoppers to call ahead for groceries and an employee can bring the order out to their vehicle, or it will deliver to homes nearby.
1819 also has put a blue line on the floor for shoppers to remain behind. All employees are wearing face masks and have sanitizer. Customers are encouraged to separate as much as possible within the store to follow social-distancing regulations.
Due to the governor’s stay-at-home orders, many people are using this extra free time to tackle home-improvement projects they had on their to-do list.
Scott Limeberry, president of Limeberry Lumber in Corydon, said many are using this time to take on in-home projects. And with warmer weather approaching, he suggested many are gearing up for the sunshine by preparing their yards for summertime as well.
“We have seen a huge increase in paint sales,” Limeberry said. “Also, we have seen a ton of people buying fertilizer and gardening essentials for those outdoor jobs now that it is a bit warmer. Having been deemed an essential business, we are happy to be here for those projects.”
Limeberry Lumber has had to tweak its hours slightly due to the pandemic. The store is now open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Customers who know what they want are encouraged to call ahead and do curbside pick up. Limeberry Lumber also offers delivery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day they are open.
Grocery stores are also deemed essential businesses, and the Lanesville Food Mart has been able to maintain normal store hours, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
While it currently doesn’t offer extra services like curbside pick-up, the store will deliver in special cases for the elderly.
Also, limitations are being placed on popular items such as toilet paper, ground beef and eggs to one to two per shopper.