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Local Goodwill stores reopen, taking safety measures for COVID-19

Posted at 5:19 PM, May 27, 2020

Goodwill locations in San Luis Obispo County are now open for business.

Vice President of Retail Alan Martinson said they are fully operating after following the county and CDC guidelines – this also includes their donation sites.

Employees are wearing masks, and Martinson said they're cleaning every hour to create a “really stringent environment."

Martinson said the hours for all SLO County stores have been adjusted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. because of the effects of the coronavirus, except the outlet location which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The stores are operating at 50% capacity and people have to wait outside when they reach the limit, according to Martinson.

“It’s like a garage sale, so people want to come for a long time and go through it," he said. "It’s really a hobby for many, many people.”

He also said they have installed sneeze guards and are enforcing social distancing spacing.

“All we’re doing is cleaning all the time," Martinson said.

Goodwill stores in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are also open, with 19 locations in total ranging from Simi Valley to Santa Maria.

At the Santa Maria Goodwill on Orcutt Road, they are letting in 35 shoppers at a time.

"I bought some pillows, but they were like brand new, they were inside a package," Melissa Lopez from Santa Maria said. "But I'm going to be cautious, you know, probably wash them or spray them off with something, sit them outside."