Maryland retailers who were forced to close last month because they were deemed “non-essential” have seen a crushing drop in sales since restrictions on commerce were issued.
Now, they are begging the Hogan administration to allow greater use of curbside pickup.
Allowing customers to call in orders and pay by credit card, then swing by to pick up their purchases — bagged, outside the store, with no person-to-person contact — would go a long way toward recouping some of the sales they are losing. And it would be safe, they contend.
“We’ve had six calls in the last hour asking if they can pick up,” said Claudia Towles, a retailer. “Currently it is illegal to do curbside pickup as a non-essential retailer.”