Dispensary managers describe how the pandemic has impacted their businesses
Cannabis dispensaries have continued to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting new safety measures, like incentivizing online ordering and limiting indoor capacity.
Creative Director of F Street Dispensary Jared Barry explained that extra steps are taken to help customers feel safe. F Street Dispensary received approval to implement an express window for customers who decide to pick up their orders, and online orders receive a 20% off discount.
“That really helps make the store feel safer for a lot of people,” Barry said. “A lot of people had concerns about coming into the store, especially towards the beginning of the pandemic.”
On April 20, an unofficial cannabis holiday, F Street Dispensary offered sales for three days. The dispensary had already been taking precautions to ensure the safety of staff and customers, but staff were especially careful on April 20 since they expected a large number of people.
“We took a lot of steps, knowing that we were going to see high volumes of people,” Barry said. “We took extra steps to sanitize more frequently and keep everyone socially distanced as best as we can.”
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