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Cold Lake not recommending garage sales, although they aren’t prohibited by province

Garage sales may be a staple of summer activities, but residents should expect to see less of them this year.

The Province of Alberta is not prohibiting garage sales and is leaving the decision to each municipality.

Though it is not being prohibited, the City of Cold Lake is not recommending that residents hold or attend any garage sales at this time, and to consider alternative methods to exchange goods.

“We have been following the recommendations put forth by the Government of Alberta when it comes to COVID-19 and the restrictions that come with it,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.

“We are not going to put a restriction in place at this time, but this could change as the situation with the virus develops.”

Should a resident feel the need to hold a sale, both sellers and buyers are reminded to obey Public Health Orders, which currently includes:

–       No gatherings over 15 people

–       Maintain a physical distance of two metres

In addition, it is recommended that residents consider e-transfers instead of handling cash, and provide hand sanitizer for both sellers and buyers.

Alternative methods of sale are being encouraged, such as online market places and using e-transfers and porch pick-up methods to minimize contact with other residents.

It is recommended that any items brought into your home are sanitized thoroughly.

As things continue to evolve with COVID-19, the decision on garage sales may change, either by the province, or at the municipal level.

The annual City-Wide Sale, usually held near the end of August, and typically very successful, is postponed this year, as it can bring thousands of people into the community.

“We can’t in good conscience advise people not to host garage sales, and then expect the community to register for a weekend of sales across the city,” said Copeland.

“It is sad to see another event in our community cancelled, but it is the responsible thing to do.”

This follows an earlier announcement of large summer events being cancelled in the city, including Canada Day, Aqua Days, and the Full Throttle Street Festival that is tied to the Cold Lake Air Show.

Bonnyville and St. Paul area municipalities are also not recommending garage sales.

For more information on COVID-19 and the city’s ongoing response, please visit www.coldlake.com/content/COVID19