WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government has given the OK for yard sales to go ahead this year, even as it limits gathering sizes in its gradual loosening of public health measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal says as long as current health and safety rules and bylaws are followed, households across the province are permitted to set up their own home-based thrift shop - provided any door-crasher deals don't attract Boxing Day-style crowds.
New public health orders came into effect Friday that allow for outdoor gatherings on residential property of up to ten people, as well as permitting up to 25 people to gather on public property.
Atwal says enforcement officers will treat yards sales as gatherings, and, while Manitobans are allowed to have outdoor sales, they'll have to keep the number of shoppers at ten or less, and ensure they'll able to stay physically distanced from each other.
But Atwal cautions against items being frequently touched that aren't getting purchased, and encourages homeowners to keep some disinfectant within reach to further help avoid the spread of microbes.
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