Can building supply stores reopen?

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Featured | Comments Off on Can building supply stores reopen?

The Ontario government just updated the businesses that can open as of Saturday this week. Hardware stores are included but the question is, does that include building supply stores?

Having looked at the release and past notifications, my interpretation would be that any business selling hardware (and 99.9% of building supply businesses do sell hardware) would be able to open their doors for customers to attend the store.

Key elements to this would be that the store practices safe contact:

  • Limit the number of customers in the store. Although no set guidelines are in place, set a limit and stick to it.
  • Signage indicating customers remain a least 6 feet apart.
  • Have a store employee at the entrance monitoring numbers and provide hand sanitizer.
  • Store employees may wish to wear protective masks though it is not mandatory.  Cash and counters need to be wiped down with an alcohol based cleaner and social distancing practiced.
  • It may be helpful to put arrows on the floor indicating one way flow between aisles.
  • Do everything possible to maintain a safe workplace for your employees and your customers.

The guidelines on the provincial website for cashiers cover the points as indicated above. For the most up to date information on both federal and provincial guidelines, visit their websites.