A shopper waits to enter a Goodwill store. (Mason Simmons/Goodwill via Bay City News)

The Goodwill store in Livermore will reopen to the public Jan. 20 following its closure due to the pandemic, officials with the nonprofit said.

The store, at 1374 Railroad Ave., will reopen at 10 a.m. that day following a 9:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols, masking requirements, spacious aisles, low-touch donation drop-offs and the temporary closure of dressing rooms will be in place to keep the public and employees safe.

“We’re excited to reopen our doors here in Livermore and are eager to resume service to this part of our community,” said Tamy Ilacqua, regional director for Goodwill’s Livermore location. “Community support and patronage help us fulfill our Mission of Turning Donations into Jobs and allow us to provide vital services to those who need them most.”

The Livermore store is part of Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, which reopened stores recently in Berkeley, Albany, and Vallejo.

Goodwill stores provide the primary funding for the nonprofit’s employment services such as career counseling, job training and paid employment.

Store sales support Goodwill programs aimed at assisting people who face barriers to work in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties.

“A hand up, not a hand out” is a guiding tenet of Goodwill as it seeks to help community members find employment, officials with the nonprofit said.

The nonprofit is also a leader in the movement to recycle, reuse, and repurpose goods, diverting over 10 million pounds of items from landfills last year, according to Goodwill.

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.