Shop Oxford | Tax Free Weekend

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Name: Shop Oxford | Tax Free Weekend
Date: July 31, 2020 - August 1, 2020
Event Description:
Attention retailers and shoppers!
This weekend is the sales tax holiday for the state of Mississippi. For a detailed guide click here. Sales Tax is not due on the sale of articles of clothing, footwear, or school supplies if the sales price of a single item is less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).
The most important details for shoppers to remember:  
1. mask or face covering
2. 6 foot buffer zone for social distancing
3. use hand sanitizer
Shop Oxford | Tax Free Weekend!
“Clothing” is any article of apparel designed to be worn on the human body including pants, shirts and blouses, dresses, coats, jackets, belts, hats, undergarments, and multiple piece garments sold as a set.
“Footwear” is any article of apparel for human feet except for skis, swim fins, roller blades, skates, and any similar items.
“Accessories” as jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, briefcases, and similar items do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday.
“School Supplies” means items that are commonly used by a student in a course of study.
The Chamber and Visit Oxford wanted to share some safety recommendations provided by City of Oxford Emergency Management Director Jimmy Allgood for sidewalk sales or sales, in general, this weekend (some details are only relevant for sidewalk sales, but we thought we would share anyway):
1. Have each business designate a merchandise area that is marked. This area, even though it is outdoors, is to be treated as an extension of the indoor business. All requirements for the indoor business will apply to the outside merchandise area. This includes the use of masks or face coverings by both customers and employees, hand sanitizer, and social distancing where possible. The designated outside area needs to be clearly marked, and some simple signage is recommended.
2. Each designated merchandise area should have a 6 foot buffer zone so customers are not tempted to reach over the line and pickup or handle the merchandise. They would have to enter the area and adhere to the safety guidelines. This is to not only protect the staff and customers, but also will help to protect the merchandise from surface contamination.
3.  Each area should be monitored by a business employee to make sure the safety guidelines are being followed. That employee should be in a mask or face covering, and have hand sanitizer available. Each customer entering the merchandise area should be asked to use hand sanitizer. This will help prevent the transfer of the virus to merchandise, and will prevent the virus from being transferred back into the indoor business. This will provide additional protection to both customers and employees.
4.  Rotate the outside employees frequently due to our current weather conditions. We want this to be a safe event not only for the customers, but also for employees, and heat injuries to an employee under these conditions is a very real risk.
5.  Have employees remind customers that wearing a mask or face covering and using hand sanitizer is a protection not only to the customer, but to other customers, business staff, and the business itself. 
Even though the COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces for a period of time, there have been very few documented cases of infection from a contaminated surface. By following the hand sanitizer guideline we believe there is little to no risk of transference of the virus from objects to a person. This will also protect the business and staff who will be handling the merchandise when the sale is completed.

Date/Time Information:
The 2020 Sales Tax Holiday takes place between 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 31, 2020 and 12:00 Midnight Saturday, August 1, 2020.
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