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The province of Alberta has put in place a mandatory mask requirement. Effective December, 8, masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces unless exempted.

How to use a mask

Masks can become contaminated on the outside or when touched with hands.

It’s important that masks are used and disposed of properly. If worn incorrectly, you can accidentally spread infection instead of preventing it.

What to do: 

  • Wash or sanitize your hands:
    • before putting it on
    • before taking it off
    • after taking it off
  • Inspect the mask, holding it by the ties or loops. Discard if damaged or dirty
  • Tighten with ties or ear loops to reduce gaps
  • Keep nose, mouth and chin covered at all times
  • Remove if wet, torn or dirty and dispose in a lined garbage bin
  • Store cloth masks in a sealed bag until it can be washed in hot, soapy water

Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.


For more information on masks, please visit www.alberta.ca/masks.

The Town of Vegreville has developed these guidelines to support those who organize a yard/garage sale in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among attendees, including the person running the garage sale, volunteers, patrons and the general public. 

Under current Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders, businesses and entities are required to: 

  • Implement practices to minimize the risk of transmission of infection among attendees
  • Provide procedures for rapid response if an attendee develops symptoms of illness
  • Ensure that attendees maintain high levels of sanitation and personal hygiene
  • Comply, to the extent possible, with the COVID-19 General Relaunch Guidance, and any other applicable Alberta Health guidance found at: www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx

General Guidance

The person in control of the yard/garage sale is ultimately responsible for ensuring that orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders are followed at the sale. 

Hosts are encouraged to do the following: 

  • Place a sign to advise shoppers not to enter the sale if experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, and to remind them of physical distancing expectations and hand hygiene
  • Provide hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Maintain the cleaning and disinfection of common, high touch surfaces
  • Provide a sign-up sheet to log attendance at the venue to outlining the date, location name(s) of visitors, and contact number

All Albertans must follow CMOH Order 05-2020, which establishes legal requirements for quarantine and isolation. Please remain home and cancel any event if any of the following apply:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • You’ve travelled internationally in the last 14 days
  • You’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Physical Distancing

Consider physical controls to support spacing of at least 2 metres between people of different households to minimize the risk of transmission. 

The host should implement appropriate controls for their setting, such as:

  • A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF 10 PEOPLE including hosts and shoppers are allowed at one time
  • Use clear signage and ropes or barricades to create a single entrance and separate exits
  • Spacing tables far enough apart to allow 2 metres of distance between shoppers as they browse
  • Directing traffic flow within the sale using signs, ropes, floor decals or other markers
  • Encourage shoppers to exit the sale as quickly as possible following their purchase or completion of their visit

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Hosts should do the following:

  • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch/shared surfaces.
  • Use a “wipe-twice” method to clean and disinfect. Wipe surfaces with a cleaning agent to clean off soil and wipe again with a disinfectant.
  • Encourage shoppers to avoid unnecessary handling of items:
    1. Develop strategies to minimize the handling of objects between multiple shoppers and ensure frequent cleaning and disinfecting of these objects. 

Shoppers should do the following:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol before and after handling any items at the sale.
  • Take the following steps with any purchased items:
  1. Soft-surface items, or other items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected should be isolated for a period of 24 hours.
  2. Hard-surfaced items, or items which can be laundered should be cleaned and disinfected.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

It is strongly encouraged that hosts provide a means for shoppers to sanitize their hands upon entry to the sale. They should also consider having sanitizer available for use after payment is made.

Hosts and shoppers should do the following: 

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Wear a mask (procedural/surgical or non-medical) when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Wash or sanitize hands before setting out items for sale, before the start of the sale, after each time touching an item an attendee has touched, and after any other activity such as breaks or washroom use
  • Minimize the handling of money, ensure gloves are used when handling cash

Foods Produced In and/or Sold from the Home

  • Service of food and beverage (i.e.: hot dogs, cookies, coffee etc.) items is prohibited

 

***If the garage sale host(s) are not adhering to these requirements, customers are encouraged NOT to attend.

The Town of Vegreville Bylaw No. 08 - 2020, effective November 30, 2020, states that all businesses must hang COVID-19 mask signage at the entrance to their establishments. 

The Government of Alberta has made available a new mandatory masking poster, for you to print and post at the entrance to your business. 

Here are additional posters and documents to support awareness and actions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta.