The gradual reopening of Ontario’s economy continued Saturday with in-store shopping allowed at hardware and safety supply stores. Strict physical distancing measures must be in place, which could include limiting the number of people in the store at any given time.
Some hardware stores have remained open through the pandemic with online orders and curbside pickups.
“We are opening cautiously.” said Adam Moulton, owner-dealer of Allandale Home Hardware Building Centre in Barrie.
Moulton said there will be plexiglass partitions at the cash registers, payment will be contactless and customers will be urged to respect social distancing and not congregate in one particular area.
He said the ebb and flow of traffic into the store will be monitored and they could look at placing limits.
“Our first goal is to make sure we are protecting staff and our customers.” said Moulton. “Staff have gloves on. There is tape on our floors to practice social distancing and there is masks on site for staff to make them feel comfortable.”
He emphasized that staff have been coached and trained to continue to exercise all the different protocols and new policies.
Garden centres and nurseries opened on Friday. Beginning Monday, retail stores with a street entrance can open for curbside pickup.