City Encourages Virtual Garage Sales Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of ongoing Provincial Health Orders restricting physical distancing (maintaining two metres distance from others who do not live in the same household) and mass gatherings, as well as recommendations by Alberta Health Services, the City of Wetaskiwin is asking residents to consider virtual options for this year’s garage and yard sale season.

As an alternative to hosting these popular in-person events, the City suggests residents hold virtual garage/yard sales using credible online platforms such as Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji. Using contactless pick-up/drop-off points, and payment methods is highly recommended. Neighbouring municipalities are also strongly encouraging similar types of approaches for this year’s season.

Should residents choose to proceed with holding an in-person garage or yard sale, it is very important that they continue to comply with Provincial Health Orders and adhere to the Province’s mass gathering restrictions of no more than 15 people in a single indoor location, and no more than 50 people in a single outdoor location. Violations of these orders may result in significant fines being issued under the Emergency Management Act or Public Health Act.

In addition to abiding by public health orders, the City asks for those hosting or participating in garage or yard sales to consider taking some of the following steps to help minimize any risk of COVID-19 transmission:

  • Use Interac e-Transfers if possible rather than handling cash or cheques
  • Have plenty of hand sanitizer (and perhaps disinfectant wipes) readily available for hosts and patrons
  • Thoroughly clean any items you purchase or handle
  • Consider using masks and gloves
  • As always, stay at home if you or someone in your household is sick

“The Government of Canada is preparing for a second wave of COVID-19 later this year,” says Robert Osmond, Director of Emergency Management of the City of Wetaskiwin. “People need to understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. As frustrating as the Provincial restrictions are for all of us, protecting the health and safety of the community is our top priority.”

The City appreciates your understanding and patience as we navigate these challenging times. For accurate and up-to-date information, please visit wetaskiwin.ca/COVID19.


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