Given most bargain-hunters use cash for their treasures at garage sales, it would be challenging to ensure proper sanitary conditions.
While not forbidden outright, the City of Spruce Grove has recommended against holding garage sales while the COVID-19 pandemic is active.
To that end, they have suspended their advertising program until further notice.
“To help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City’s garage sale advertising program has been suspended until further notice and we are strongly discouraging residents from holding or attending garage sales at this point in time,” the City stated in a recent news release.
“We recognize this will be disappointing news for many of our residents; however, the health and safety of our citizens is our top priority and we must all do our part to keep our community healthy and well.”
Given most bargain-hunters use cash for their treasures at garage sales, it would be challenging to ensure proper sanitary conditions with money and objects changing hands and being handled.
“Garage sales typically deal with cash and item-handling and because sanitizer use and disinfecting protocols cannot be easily monitored in this environment, they provide an opportunity for the virus to spread through surface transfer,” the City noted.
The City’s Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor the situation and if conditions change, may look at launching the garage sale advertising program later this fall. Residents are encouraged to save their items for a potential sale at that time, they said.