One of the aspects of life that may never return to the way it was before the 2020 pandemic is the retail fitting room.

The days of taking a half-dozen clothing items into a department store changing room and just leaving the clothes you don't want behind to be quickly restocked appear to over for good.

But what will the policy on trying on clothes be?

One problem, retail experts say, is that the government has issued very little guidance about the sale of apparel, which is sowing confusion on how to handle clothing that’s been in fitting rooms.

While we wait for South Jersey retailers to reopen to see first-hand how they will handle the experience of the trying on clothes, a look at how stores in other parts of the country that have reopened are handling fitting rooms offers some hints.

Saks Fifth Avenue aims to take its clothing out of commission for 48 hours after being tried on.

Macy’s is planning to quarantine its apparel for 24 hours, while other retailers, like Urban Outfitters and Target, are simply banning fitting rooms entirely.

Urban Outfitters, which just reopened some stores in Texas, already has signs in its store in the North Park Mall in Dallas alerting customers that the fitting rooms are off limits. Target will be keeping its fitting rooms shuttered “out of an abundance of caution."


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