Dry Cleaners Association defends essential workplace status

"It is important for all to continuously keep their clothes and bed linens clean," says association head

The head of the Canadian Fabricare Association is defending their industry’s place on the province’s essential workplaces list.

Sidney Chelsky, Executive Director of the Association, says its members provide cleaning and laundry services to police, fire, EMS, hospitals, nursing homes, and the public at large.

“It is important for all to continuously keep their clothes and bed linens clean,” says Chelsky, “If they unwarily come in contact with someone who may have the symptoms of the virus, those germs can spread to their clothes and last for days,”

“You should be aware that we have done everything in our power to provide a safe and healthy space for our customers, if they choose to bring their cleaning to our locations,” Chelsky added, suggesting pick up and delivery options as well.

The statement from Chelsky was forwarded to Barrie 360 after being sent to Wright and Cotty’s Cleaners in Barrie.

On Monday evening, the provincial government released an extensive list of businesses deemed essential to Ontario as it combats the COVID-19 pandemic, containing workplaces like dry cleaners.