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Retail businesses begin to reopen ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 6:42 PM, May 21, 2020

Many retail stores on the Central Coast reopened their doors for the first time in weeks Thursday after San Luis Obispo County was allowed to further reopen restaurants and retail.

"I was afraid that I was going to have to close my doors. This is my lifelong dream to have a storefront, so I'm very happy that we get to get back to rocking and rolling and get our economy back going," said Shelly Van Rozeboom, owner of COVE Interiors in Pismo Beach.

According to Van Rozeboom, there are some new rules her store will implement moving forward.

“We only want two people at most unless they are a family, unless they are a group that’s together. We'd rather just have a few people here because it’s a tight space and it's not the easiest to social distance when you’re trying to help people with things for their home,” Van Rozeboom said.

Other store owners, like Natalie Risner of Apropos clothing boutique, said they are limiting their business hours.

“We’re going to open Monday through Friday from eleven to four and on Saturday 12 through four and closed on Sunday for now,” Risner said.

Besides adding hand sanitizer and asking that customers social distance, Risner is asking customers to wear masks.

“We’re also requesting everyone to wear a mask in our store. A lot of our customers are 65 and plus and we have a lot of concerns over that. They are part of our community and we want to protect them,” Risner added.