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Posted at 8:45 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 12:08:37-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Retail stores across Kentucky have had to change the way they do business because of the coronavirus.

The Kentucky Retail Federation is anticipating how customers will shop when their doors reopen.

While many stores are closed because of the coronavirus, retail stores have gotten creative but others haven't been so lucky.

"We've seen like vendor machines and vendor machinery tailors you know. Coke machines, candy machines, their business is way off because offices aren't open," said Steve McClain with the Kentucky Retail Federation.

The Kentucky Retail Federation has started discussions on what the industry will look like once the stores are able to open their doors again.

"We would like to see a consistent opening plan for the whole state. And not jurisdiction by jurisdiction, so everybody is playing on the same field and everybody knows what the rules are," said McClain.

The federation anticipates when that does happen, there will still be social distancing guidelines and more santizing stations.

"People are going to want to get out and do things, and we want to assure them they can do that in a safe environment," said McClain.