30 Apr

NOTICE: Garage and yard sales temporarily prohibited due to COVID-19

Council today enacted a by-law to temporarily prohibit garage sales or yard sales, as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and encouraging physical distancing.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial health officials and the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health have warned that community spread of the virus can occur through social interaction and the contact of surfaces.

The restrictions on garage sale and yard sales are expected to remain in place until the municipal declaration of emergency is lifted.

Residents who need to sell or give away items are encouraged to create ‘online garage sales’ through platforms like Kijiji and Facebook MarketPlace and coordinate contactless sales and pick-ups.

Municipal by-law officers will enforce the measure, which is punishable by fines starting at $750 for failing to comply with the provincial orders for social distancing or being charged under the Provincial Offences Act for hosting a garage or yard sale.

If you believe an individual or business is violating this by-law, call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or email info@pecounty.on.ca.

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19