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Walmart, Costco and Target are barred from selling "nonessential" items such as clothing, TVs and appliances to discourage foot traffic in some states.

Big box retailers and grocery store chains in some states are barred from selling nonessential items to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Local governments in mainly Democratic states have used draconian measures such as threats of arrests and steep fines to herd residents inside their homes.

Stores have been allowed to stay open during lockdowns because they sell groceries and other essentials such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

But some states have gone a step further by ordering stores to remove nonessential items from the sales floor or rope off the items so shoppers can't access them.

President Donald Trump acknowledged that Black people have been disproportionately hit by the virus and are dying at a high rate.

Also hard hit are the elderly with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac disease, and people who are HIV-positive.