Hello. I have a retail specialty shop and operate both physical storefront and online shop. Under the stay-at-home order by California sate government, all the non-essential businesses were ordered to shut down during the period (starting 3/19), so I had to close my shop entirely until further notice. This means, our online shop is closed, too. However, I see other small retail businesses continue their online shops and ship orders out of their business locations. That means their employee(s) commute and work there. My understanding was you are not allowed to have your employee(s) work at the business location during the stay-at- home order period, so wouldn't it a violation? If I can continue my online shop and have my employees come to work to ship out online orders, I would totally want to do so, by making sure the employees safety. I hear different information/ opinions from different people. So, I am totally confused. If anyone knows the answer, please let me know. Thank you so much.
Non-essential businesses should not be operating currently. That doesn't necessarily preclude ecommerce businesses from operating. It's possible to fulfill via third-party logistics partners or possibly ship from home.
There are certainly cases where businesses are operating when they shouldn't be doing so - and there are cases of workers at Amazon fulfillment centers getting covid.
What would one person be able to do in terms of shipping for you? What sort of cleaning and health safety precautions can you put into place?
It may be best to work on some alternatives rather than waiting for restrictions to be lifted. It's likely there will be regulations around some of these areas when stay-at-home restrictions are lifted.
It'd be great to hear what you decide to do. Have you turned off ordering capabilities for now?