TAMPA, Fla. — Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is reopening its Tampa Bay area stores and job centers starting May 1.
The charity is hoping by reopening now, it will be able to assist people who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic while offering shopping options for anyone living in West Central Florida.
Goodwill says it will follow strict CDC social distancing guidelines by maintaining occupancy of 25% of less in its stores.
Employees will also wearing masks. They will also be sanitizing shopping carts throughout the day. Acrylic “sneeze guards” are being placed between cashiers and customers in all stores.
Computer stations in job centers are now 6 feet apart and will be sanitized after each use. Goodwill is also limiting the number of job seekers allowed inside their centers at any one time.
Services at Goodwill's job centers include help with resumes, connections with companies with openings, and access to computers and the internet.
The following is the reopening schedule for Goodwill stores in the Tampa Bay area:
- May 1: Trinity; Spring Hill; and Crystal River
- May 2: Oldsmar; Hwy 301, Tampa; Riverview; Ruskin; Wesley Chapel; Plant City; Lakeland; Winter Haven; Clearwater; and Sebring
- May 3: Brandon
- May 4: 34th Street, St. Pete; Gandy Blvd., St. Pete.; Largo
The stores will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.
Goodwill says its store on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa will reopen after renovations are completed. The charity's outlet stores will reopen at a later date.