For months, most of us have been quarantined at home, only venturing out for the essentials like groceries and opting for online shopping for everything else. But now, with many states slowly starting to reopen amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, so are retail shops that sell non-essential items including clothes, shoes, and accessories. However, despite stores putting stricter sanitation requirements and precautions in place, people are still feeling uncertain about shopping in person again.
According to a recent survey by retail predictive analytics company First Insight, only 33 percent of U.S. customers feel safe shopping at a mall. And even more than that, 65 percent of women and 54 percent of men say they wouldn't be comfortable using a dressing room. But while many remain hesitant, some people have braved shopping at stores post-COVID-19, including our very own shopping editor, Courtney Campbell. "I was initially a little nervous about the idea of shopping for clothes in stores again, but protocols like masks, a limited number of people, and the fact that the stores were disinfecting the items that people were trying on eased my concerns," she says.