North Bay Retailers Reopen Under Modified Guidelines

As of Friday, retailers in Sonoma County began reopening their businesses for curbside pickup.

This comes after Sonoma County implemented Phase Two of its recovery plan, one which mirrors Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide order modification, announced Thursday.

A Cotati clothing store has gone to lengths to provide safety for its customers.

Mercedes Hernandez says her shop, Bow and Arrow, has survived through online sales.

Now, she’s happy to welcome her customers back to the store.

"For this first week for this new order that we’ve been given for retail, I will be running everything myself for the week just kind of seeing how it is with customer flow and what not," Hernandez said. "I’m really excited to bring my team back."

Hernandez told KCBS Radio she started planning for the reopening weeks ago, making sure she had proper safety protocols in place.

"What customers can anticipate is you are required to wear a mask upon entry, we’ll have a hand sanitizing station at the entrance as well for customers," Hernandez said. "So they’ll approach the register, let us know what their order number is, get their order and head on out."

Bow and Arrow falls into a category of retailers allowed to reopen for curbside pickup, including bookstores, toy shops, shoe stores, home and furnishings, music and sporting goods.

In Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties, shopping malls remain closed until further notice.

Other Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Contra Costa and Alameda, along with the City of Berkeley, have set May 18th as the date they will enter into Phase Two of their reopening strategies.