Changes have been made as to what you can and can’t buy at big-box stores under the Ontario-wide shutdown.
According to the provincial government, public health and workplace safety measures have been strengthened for non-essential retail under the current emergency status.
This means discount stores like Dollarama and big-box stores like Costco and Walmart are not permitted to sell anything other than grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, healthcare items, and personal care items.
Items that kept many entertained during the few lockdowns that Ontario has endured, such as arts and crafts, books, home decor, and more, are not permitted to be sold at this time.
These aisles will be sectioned off to in-store shoppers.
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Pressure has been placed on these big-box stores after facing criticism due to staying open and selling non-essential items. Earlier this year, Walmart and Costco were issued several fines for not abiding by COVID-19 rules and measures.
Many small and local business owners have grown increasingly frustrated within the last few months after having to close their stores due to the provincial shutdown, despite malls such as Yorkdale being flooded with crowds and open for business.
These restrictions have been put in place as of April 8 and will remain for the next four weeks.