Ban lifted on yard sales in Barrie, but keep it to ten people or fewer

Thoroughly wash and disinfect your new-to-you item

Just in time for the weekend, Barrie City Hall has lifted its ban on yard sales.

The ban is being lifted on the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) but does come with a caveat: there is a limit of ten people permitted, the same as any other gathering or event in Ontario.

The SMDHU is offering some advice to those who choose to hold a yard sale on their property:

  • Do not attend or host a yard sale if you have COVID-19, feel unwell or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Avoid all close contact with people outside of your household and practice physical distancing (stay two metres away from others at all times).
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Make sure it fits and wear it properly.
  • If you are organizing a yard sale are your home, limit gathering on the driveway or yard to 10 people. Post signs to indicate the 10-person limit and have hand sanitizer available.
  • Avoid meeting in person if possible (e.g. leave items out for porch pick-up)
  • When possible, use digital/electronic or contactless payment services rather than cash.
  • Don’t try on any clothing while shopping and limit touching items where possible.

The Health Unit is reminding shoppers COVID can persist on surfaces for a few hours depending on conditions like temperature, humidity, and type of surface. After making a purchase, shoppers should thoroughly clean and disinfect them. If items cannot be cleaned, like books, for example, they should be stored in a dedicated area for at least 72 hours before use. Wash your hands after handling items.