The pandemic is forcing many people to spend a significant amount of time at home compared to their regular schedules. With spring rounding the corner, and many being isolated to their homes, plenty of people are finding activity in cleaning and organizing their homes.
However, it is not the time to be donating or selling those items. Thrift stores across the province, even the country have closed their doors to donations and ask that people do not leave donations at their locations where they will not be processed.
In addition some cities, including the City of Wetaskiwin have put a ban on garage sales until the pandemic ends.
In a statement on their website the City of Wetaskiwin says, “while they can be an excellent way to maximize the reuse of household items while bringing in some pocket change, they also promote non-essential travel, encourage contact inconsistent with physical distancing protocols, and cannot guarantee their location has been properly and thoroughly sanitized.”
Although provincial restrictions on non-essential businesses don’t necessarily apply to garage sales, the risks are undeniable.
The City encourages residents to use alternatives such as local buy and sell pages with curbside pick up instead of garage sales.