April 7, 2020
With the latest 2 Executive Orders from the Governor, some changes have taken place in the business world. Gyms, barber shops, nail salons, bowling alleys, theaters and other businesses have been forced to close. Even retail furniture stores, clothing stores and Jewelry stores have been forced to close. The exceptions are those retail stores that provide online purchasing with curbside pick-up.
The most recent order is the “Stay Home or Go To Work Order” which means you must stay home or go to work unless you are going to visit family, going to recreate, obtaining essential goods and services or going to businesses that are still open from the previous order.
There are also a list of requirements that must be met for social distancing for the businesses that are allowed to operate.
So, what does this all mean for us and our customers? We, R.H. Lee & Co, Auctioneers, Inc., are defined as an auction company and therefore are not listed as business that must close. Our sales are also done online, which is good! We will continue to be open as long a we are legally able to do so. We have already made some social distancing changes that we had in place for the last auction, limiting the amount of customers that are in our gallery and increasing the frequency of sanitizing key areas in the building as well as leaving doors open.
Below are our policy changes as well as a few exerts from the Governor’s Executive Order.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 803-337-2300. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon!
***Special COVID-19 Policies***:
In accordance with the CDC and elected officials, R.H. Lee & Co. is placing some special policies for item previews, item pick-up and general cleanliness.
Item Preview: Two extra days are being added to the preview days to spread out customers across 3 days rather than 1. We will also be limiting customers in the gallery to no more than 10 at a time. We ask that you try to maintain 6 feet of distance between other customers and staff during your visit. If you should arrive and find the gallery to be at 10 people, please wait outside a few minutes until someone leaves and then you will be allowed to enter.
Item pickup: We are extending pick-up into Friday to spread out customers over time. Due to possible congestion on the loading dock, we will be limiting pick-up to 3 vehicles at the loading dock at one time. If you arrive and find there are already 3 people at the loading dock, please be patient and wait in your car until you have a place to back in. Before placing your first bid in the auction, you will be asked to agree to all terms & conditions in the auction, including terms of pick-up.
General Cleanliness: Our gallery doors will be open to allow fresh air to circulate and so that customers do not have to touch door handles. We will be cleaning bathrooms and other heavily traveled areas regularly. Please maintain a safe distance from employees and other customers during your visit.
Additional notes: If you do not want to preview but would like more information about an item, please call us and we will be happy to look over an item for you, answer questions or even facetime. We encourage you to pick up during the specified times listed but if you feel that you have limitations due to COVID-19, please call us to discuss pick-up alternatives.
Governor’s Executive Order –
…..D. For purposes of this Order, Essential Business does not include the following
businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities, which were previously deemed “nonessential” and directed to close to non-employees and not to open for access or use by the public,
or not to take place, as applicable, in accordance with Executive Order No. 2020-18, which
superseded, rescinded, and replaced Executive Order No. 2020-17:
1. Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:
(a) Night clubs (b) Bowling alleys (c) Arcades (d) Concert venues (e) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers (f) Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and
planetariums) (g) Racetracks (h) Indoor children’s play areas, with the exception of licensed
childcare facilities (i) Adult entertainment venues (j) Bingo halls (k) Venues operated by social clubs
2. Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:
(a) Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms (b) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools (c) Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities (d) Spectator sports (e) Sports that involve interaction in close proximity to and
within less than six (6) feet of another person (f) Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatusand equipment (g) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment
3. Close-contact service providers as follows:
(a) Barber shops (b) Hair salons (c) Waxing salons (d) Threading salons (e) Nail salons and spas (f) Body-art facilities and tattoo services (g) Tanning salons (h) Massage-therapy establishments and massage services
4. Retail stores as follows:
(a) Furniture and home-furnishings stores (b) Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores (c) Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores (d) Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores (e) Sporting goods stores (f) Book, craft, and music stores (g) Flea markets (h) Florists and flower stores……
…….. H. Subject to the emergency rules and restrictions set forth below, this Section does not prohibit the continued operation of retail stores, as set forth above, for the limited purpose of fulfilling online or telephone orders or providing alternate means of purchasing or delivering products or services—to include curbside purchase, pickup, or delivery and home or off-site delivery—provided that such options or measures can be implemented in a manner that facilitates and maintains effective “social distancing” and is consistent with any applicable guidance issued by state and federal public health and safety officials.
I. I hereby order and direct that effective Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., any retail business not identified by general description above, or authorized to continue operations pursuant to any clarification, guidance, rules, regulations, or restrictions issued, provided, or promulgated, or which may be issued, provided, or promulgated, by the Department, as authorized by and in accordance with the Clarification and Provisional Determination Process set forth in Section 2 of Executive Order No. 2020-18, shall be subject to the following emergency rules and restrictions in addition to any other applicable provisions of this Order or any prior Order:
- Emergency Maximum Occupancy Rate. The business shall limit the number of customers allowed to enter and simultaneously occupy the premises so as not to exceed five (5) customers per 1,000 square feet of retail space, or twenty percent (20%) of the occupancy limit as determined by the fire marshal, whichever is less