The city of Palm Springs Saturday issued a temporary emergency order that requires grocery and retail drug stores — including cannabis dispensaries — to put into place protective measure to help safeguard employees and customers from the coronavirus.

The order, signed by City Manager David Ready, supplements the state’s March 19 shelter-in-place order, which closed businesses deemed nonessential.

Under the state’s order, grocery and drug stores are allowed to continue operating, but in Palm Springs, they will now have to abide by numerous requirements, which include:

— Limiting the number of consumers at any given time to 40% of the store’s total occupancy limit;

— Assigning an employee to the store’s entrance to help regulate the number of customers within the store;

— Maintaining personnel onsite to enforce social-distance measures;

— Installing plexiglass shields at all points-of-sale whenever possible; and

— Placing tape or other markings at least 6 feet apart in customer line areas, whether inside or outside the building, with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain social distance.

Additionally, stores will need to supply employees with non-medical face coverings, hand sanitizer and gloves at the expense of the employer, and enough time will need to be set aside overnight for stores to be properly sanitized and restocked.

The order also requires that store employees be notified in writing of precautions to be taken if a co-worker tests positive for COVID-19.

Stores will need to post signs informing customers about safety requirements and turn away any customer who do not wear a face covering.

The order goes into effect immediately and can be enforced by the city’s police or code enforcement officers.

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