Even if you're okay with the word "essential," that still leaves a hell of a lot of room to debate what does or does not qualify. A couple days ago I saw a photo on Facebook -- a display of vegetable-garden seeds in a garden-store section, marked off-limits and partly covered by a sign to the effect of "Hey, shoppers: by order of the state of Vermont, we cannot sell non-essential items at this time. Sorry, Walmart." I searched and confirmed that yes, this is true (link below). Apparently, you CAN buy garden seeds and such via ordering ahead for curbside pickup; you just can't pick them up and buy them while you're already in the store. And somewhere here recently, either on this or a different thread, I mentioned how good the timing was for me, in the specific sense that had this pandemic struck a couple years ago when I'd just moved from a northern clime to the Deep South, I'd've been fucked in regard to "Crap, I need to acquire a whole new deep-summer wardrobe."
Sudden additional thought: for people still living in the north, where I gather the season is still officially "winter" (whereas in my neighborhood, we're in the bad part of pollen time), there's a LOT of still-growing kids who can fit into their cold-weather clothes just fine, but in a few weeks when things warm up and they try putting on the warm-weather garments they last wore in early autumn .... nope.
Thing is, though -- at least in regard to the in-store purchase of clothes, rather than garden seeds -- I CAN see the rationale, and arguably even the NEED, for these limits. Like, say the Walmart super-center or Target megastore is open, but only allowing 50 people in at a time while everyone else waits in line outside (actual policy in some areas already): I understand why they'd say "When you're inside you can go to the food, medicine and home/personal care sections, but you CAN'T be browsing through the clothing department, let alone try things on, while people are outside waiting for you to leave." I suppose they'd also not sell things like kids' toys in-store, too.
But it still really sucks all the same.
https://www.wcbm.com/2020/04/03/vermont ... -of-seeds/
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