Leamington, health unit provides garage sale safety tips

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The local economy is slowly but surely opening up, but one Windsor-Essex community has laid out some guidelines for a summer tradition.

The Municipality of Leamington has provided guidelines to residents who want to host, or visit, a garage sale. Leamington has worked with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to provide tips for hosts and customers to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Under the current by-law, Leamington defines a garage sale as an outdoor sale of used household goods, whether a garage is involved or not. Garage sales can only be held in residential areas, and residents are not permitted to hold more than three in a given calendar year. Each sale can not last longer than three consecutive calendar days and can only be held between 8 a.m. to 7  p.m.

If you plan to host a garage sale in Leamington, the health unit recommends the following tips:

  • Ensure there are no more than ten people on the premises at one time, including the host.
  • Making sure that there are physical distancing and crowd control is the host’s responsibility.
  • Clean objects and surfaces frequently that are in high-touch areas and provide at least a 70 per cent alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Never allow customers into your home.
  • Try to limit contact with other people while exchanging items or money.
  • If you or anyone in your home is feeling sick, even with mild symptoms, don’t host a sale. Stay home, self-isolate, and contact your health care provider.

If you want to go to a garage sale, here are these tips from the health unit:

  • Stay local and limit the places you do visit.
  • Stay at least two metres away from other people at all times.
  • Pay online or by e-transfer if possible, or use exact change to limit contact with cash.
  • Do not go into a person’s home, even if you are invited to do so.
  • If you can, shop for items online and arrange for a delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Clean and disinfect items that you touch or purchase and wash your hands thoroughly. Don’t buy an item that is difficult to clean.
  • If you’re sick, stay home.

Complete information on safe garage sales is available on the health unit’s official website.