(Barrie, ON) The City of Barrie is lifting the ban on yard sales, effective immediately. The ban is being lifted based on the latest advice from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. There is still a limit of 10 people allowed at public gatherings and events, which applies to yard sales.
TheSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has provided the following tips as guidelines for selling and purchasing second-hand items during COVD-19:Do not attend or host a yard sale if you have COVID-19, feel unwell or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.Avoid all close contact with people outside of your household and practice physical distancing (stay two metres away from others at all times).Wear anon-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Make sure it fits and wear it properly.If you are organizing a yard sale are your home, limit gathering on the driveway or yard to 10 people. Post signs to indicate the 10-person limit and have hand sanitizer available.Avoid meeting in person if possible (e.g. leave items out for porch pick-up)When possible, use digital/electronic or contactless payment services rather than cash.Don't try on any clothing while shopping and limit touching items where possible.
Shoppers should be aware that the COVID-19 virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on different conditions, such as temperature, type of surface and humidity of the environment. After purchasing an item, thoroughly clean and disinfect it. Avoid buying items that are difficult to clean. Wash clothing items and dry on the hottest setting possible.
If items cannot be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. books, paper, fabric) they should be stored in a dedicated area or room for at least 72 hours before use. Wash your hands after handling items.
Senior Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529