Coronavirus: Bass Pro Shops seeks clarity on trading guidelines
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Health authorities are threatening to bring in law enforcement if a Bass Pro Shops location in Independence, Kansas City, does not close during the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Kansas City Star website, Kayla Parker, of the Jackson County Health Department, said on Monday that the office had contacted the store to say it was not considered an essential business.
The Star quotes Parker as saying: “Bass Pro has been called and instructed to close. Its letter of non-compliance is going out today. If it remains open this week, law enforcement will be contacted.”
The closure would be in effect through at least April 24. But Bass Pro last week argued that it could keep three stores in the Kansas City metro open during the pandemic, despite metro-wide orders mandating the closure of all non-essential businesses.
Bass Pro Shops said in a statement that it has not received formal communication from Jackson County public health officials on which to act upon.
“We are committed to complying fully with all laws and regulations with respect to operations, and we are working diligently to fully understand local guidance, which currently varies everywhere we operate,” Bass Pro Shops said in the statement.
The company explained that it has implemented a number of measures in response to COVID-19, including same day in-store pick-up, reduced hours, limiting access to 50 customers at a time and giving employees the option to stay home.
Meanwhile, Bass Pro Shops’ flagship store in Springfield, Missouri, has closed temporarily amid the pandemic. The company says it will remain closed until it can establish further clarity about imposed restrictions.
It also added that it shared the frustration of many local businesses regarding the inconsistencies and questions pertaining to the new operating guidelines.