Local pet store remains open, customers asked to follow stricter rules

Posted at 7:17 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 19:23:04-04

BALTIMORE — Pet Valu in Mt. Vernon has been labeled as an essential business. It remains open to meet your pets needs, specifically food.

However, if you come down to the store there are stict policies you must follow to ensure public safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first thing you will notice is signage on the door. Management is only allowing two customers in at a time. Once inside you are asked to move to a section near the counter. A staff member will great you with proper social distancing and take your order.

"This is like having your own personal shopper," said Pet Valu district manager Joe Tasker. "The goal is to have two people in a time. We want to make sure social distancing is the number one priority. We shop for them. Whatever they need we go get."

If there are more than two customers in the store you will be asked to kindly wait outside. You can also call your order in and it will be made available for pickup.

Customers who spoke to WMAR-2 News said they're okay with waiting and commend the business for servicing customers safely.

"I have elderly parents and I worry about them," said pet owner Barry Brown. "I appreciate that so many places and so many people are taking steps to protect us. I come here a few times a week and since this all started management has worked hard to make sure we are all safe."