Stores may reopen in June, But will shoppers return?

The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to devastate segments of the retail industry in Maine, but industry leaders are hoping to help preserve jobs and businesses by having a say in how shopping will work after stores and restaurants are allowed to reopen.

The Retail Association of Maine proposed on Tuesday a staged reopening, with more stores allowed to reopen and restrictions relaxed gradually as progress is made in reducing the spread of the virus. Some in the state’s retail industry said the viral outbreak is likely to change forever how they do business.

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