Public Health to closely monitor yard sales
Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative
Grab your old tea sets, your ex’s belonging and outgrown clothes. Chatham-Kent residents will be able to hold yard sales this summer, according to the municipality’s medical officer of health.
On Thursday, Dr. David Colby gave an update on the COVID-19 situation at a media briefing.
“I think we would have a very hard time prohibiting yard sales and enforcing such a prohibition,” he said.
However, Public Health will monitor the situation “very, very closely,” and will release guidelines shortly stressing the safety rules.
Residents wishing to hold or attend a yard sale are being asked to physical distance and have some hand sanitizer on hand.
Drive-in church services being considered
Colby said, in theory, drive-in movies and drive-through church services should be fine so long as the public follows the basic rules.
With Boonies Drive In Theatre, Tilbury, opening up shortly, Colby said Public Health is asking only family members to share a single vehicle.
“Would have a problem with larger, you know, groups of friends getting in a vehicle, and basically having a party very close together while they’re watching a movie. That’s not possible for social distancing,” he said.
The same applies to vehicle church ceremonies, which are currently being looked into in Chatham-Kent.
“We don’t want people shaking hands between cars and violating the physical distancing. That is so crucial to keep this at bay,” Colby said.