Garage sale guidance: COVID-19

For many Yukoners, summer weekends are a time for touring the local garage sale circuit. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has advised that garage sales can proceed. Sellers and shoppers must practise the following guidelines.

6 steps to staying safe

  1. Maintain physical distancing – keep 2 metres away from everyone who’s not a member of your bubble.
  2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  4. Don’t gather in groups of more than 10 people indoors or 50 outdoors, and remember to keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  5. Limit travel to rural communities, and be respectful when you’re there.
  6. Self-isolate if you’ve:
  • just returned to Yukon and have been outside of British Columbia, Nunavut or Northwest Territories in the last 14 days; or
  • been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Guidelines for sellers

  • Ensure buyers maintain a distance of 2 metres from others.
  • Set up the sale outside, with sale items spread out to allow ample space for physical distancing.
  • Clean items before set up. Do not sell items that are hard to disinfect.
  • Sanitize surfaces on a regular basis during the sale.
  • Wash your hands after each cash transaction, or wear gloves.
  • Do not host a garage sale if you are feeling sick or unwell.
  • A street or neighborhood gathering is allowed as long as safe spacing is maintained and no more than 50 people are at an outdoor garage sale at a time. Ensure all participating garage sale operators are following this guidance.

Guidelines for buyers

  • Maintain a distance of 2 metres from others while browsing sale items.
  • Shop with your eyes and avoid touching items unless you make the decision to buy.
  • Wash purchased items when you get them home.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after visiting each garage sale.

Additional information

  • You are not required to complete an operational plan before your garage sale. You can do so if you choose but it will not be reviewed.
  • Do not sell food items at your garage sale.
Contact: 

Find more information on COVID-19. If you have non-medical questions, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone the COVID-19 toll-free InfoLine 1-877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.