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Sunset Drive-In, retail stores prepare to let customers in as they navigate reopening guidelines

Posted at 6:01 PM, May 14, 2020

After nearly two months of empty parking spots and a blank screen, Sunset Drive-In in San Luis Obispo will be firing up the projector and the popcorn machine on Friday.

The owner got the okay to open at the end of April but needed to make sure he opened safely, requiring masks at the snack bar, frequent bathroom cleanings and social distancing.

“I've never had to deal with anything like this, so I don't know what to do,” said Larry Rodkey, owner of Sunset Drive-In. “I don't want anybody to get hurt or sick on this."

Even with the new guidelines, it's hard to tell if the kids or parents are more excited to see "Trolls World Tour" and "Secret Life of Pets 2."

“It's a great way for us to get back into the community and get out of the house,” said Alan Radtke, a Paso Robles dad.

Radtke and his wife are planning on taking their three kids to see the popular animated films this weekend.

In retail, Idler's Home is preparing to help customers in person for its Memorial Day Sale by taking walk-ins and appointments.

“If we notice the floor is full and all of our sales staff is with somebody, we are asking people to possibly wait outside or in their cars,” said Bryan Idler, sales manager at Idler’s Home. “Once someone leaves the store then we will invite them in.”

Employees are still encouraging people to use their online and phone services but have masks and sanitizer on deck inside.

“If you need an essential appliance or a freezer for your home, we have that for you, we are just asking that you not come just to look around,” Idler said.

Office-based businesses, car washes and child care facilities have also been given the green light to reopen under certain guidelines.