Edmonton bans garage sales to fight coronavirus spread

Apr 23 2020, 10:50 am

Edmonton has introduced several initiatives to fight coronavirus spread this spring, including banning garage sales.

“All garage sales, regardless of duration, will not be permitted this summer in Edmonton to help limit gatherings of over 15 people, meet physical distancing requirements, and align with the general closure of non-essential businesses,” the city said in a news release Wednesday.

Any person caught hosting an illicit garage sale can be fined $488 up to a maximum of $10,000 per offence.

The city suggests people use online marketplaces such as Facebook, Craigslist, Letgo, and Kijiji to coordinate contactless exchanges of items they want to get rid of.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way Edmontonians traditionally experience spring. While some activities are no longer possible, others are encouraged,” interim city manager Adam Laughlin said.

The city is expanding its community garden program this summer and also offering more litter clean-up kits so people can get outside while still physically distancing.