Here Are The Yard Sale Rules During COVID-19

Friday July 3rd, 2020

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If you are planning to host or visit a yard sale, the Health Unit has a number rules and the measures you can take to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are holding a yard sale:

  • Ensure there are no more than 10 people in total at the yard sale at one time.  This includes the person(s) holding the yard sale. This also includes any other family members or residents of the home who are in the yard sale space.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained with anyone outside of your household, and you are responsible for preventing crowds and ensuring people stay 2 metres or 6 feet apart from one another at all times.  Consider using signs, chalk, or other markings to show buyers where to stand to keep a safe distance.
  • Wear a non-medical mask if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Provide 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.oEnsure it is used often, especially after any exchange of money.
  • Reduce contact when exchanging money.  If able, set up a contactless payment method, such as e-transfer. If exchanging money, maintain 2 metres distance.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as tables and countertops, often with household cleaner or diluted bleach solution. Ask buyers to avoid touching items for sale unless they are making a purchase.
  • Do not allow buyers into your home.  Keep items for sale in an open space outdoors or well-ventilated area.

If you are going to a yard sale:

  • If possible, shop for used items online and arrange for delivery or curbside pick-up.
  • Avoid travel, stick to yard sales in your community, and shop alone if you can.
  • Stay 2 metres or 6 feet from others at all times.
  • Avoid gathering in groups and having close range conversations.
  • Wear a non-medical mask if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Pay online (i.e. using e-transfer payment) or provide exact change so that you do not have to exchange money multiple times.
  • Clean your hands frequently.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before leaving the house and after returning from shopping trips. Carry 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you to use on your trip.•Do not enter another person’s home.
  • Clean and disinfect any items purchased and wash hands after handling shopping goods. Avoid buying items that are difficult to clean.

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