Garage and yard sales are now permitted with additional health and safety precautions. Please review the guidelines below before operating or attending a garage or yard sale.  

Permit and Licensing Requirements

Garage or yard sales running three consecutive days or less do not require any City permits or licences. Sales running more than three consecutive days require a business licence.

COVID-19 Guidelines

The City of Edmonton has developed these guidelines to support those who organize a yard/garage sale in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among attendees, including the person running the garage sale, volunteers, patrons and the general public. 

Under current Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders, businesses and entities are required to: 

  • Implement practices to minimize the risk of transmission of infection among attendees
  • Provide procedures for rapid response if an attendee develops symptoms of illness
  • Ensure that attendees maintain high levels of sanitation and personal hygiene
  • Comply with the gathering limits and any other applicable COVID-19 health restrictions at For more information, support and guidance, please also see


COVID-19 Risk Mitigation - Responsibilities

General Guidance

The person in control of the yard/garage sale is ultimately responsible for ensuring that orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders are followed at the sale. Hosts are encouraged to do the following: 

  • Place a sign to advise shoppers not to enter the sale if experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, and to remind them of physical distancing expectations and hand hygiene
  • Provide hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Maintain the cleaning and disinfection of common, high touch surfaces

All Albertans must follow CMOH Order 05-2020, which establishes legal requirements for quarantine and isolation. Please remain home and cancel any event if any of the following apply:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • You’ve travelled internationally in the last 14 days
  • You’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
Physical Distancing

Consider physical controls to support spacing of at least 2 metres between people of different households to minimize the risk of transmission. 

The host should implement appropriate controls for their setting, such as:

  • Spacing tables far enough apart to allow 2 metres of distance between shoppers as they browse
  • Reducing the number of shoppers at one time
  • Directing traffic flow within the sale using signs, ropes, floor decals or other markers
  • Encourage shoppers to exit the sale as quickly as possible following their purchase or completion of their visit
  • Use clear signage and ropes or barricades to create a single entrance and separate exits
Cleaning and Disinfecting

Hosts should do the following:

Shoppers should do the following:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol before and after handling any items at the sale.
  • Take the following steps with any purchased items:
    • Soft-surface items, or other items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected should be isolated for a period of 24 hours.
    • Hard-surfaced items, or items which can be laundered should be cleaned and disinfected.
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

Operators should enable attendees to practice proper hand hygiene by providing soap and running, potable water or hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol at points of entry and locations throughout the site where attendees are known to handle objects. They should also consider having sanitizer available for use after payment is made.

Operators should make every effort to encourage respiratory etiquette (e.g., coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow, promptly disposing of used tissues in a lined garbage bin).

Personal Care

Hosts and shoppers should do the following: 

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Wear a mask in accordance with the Alberta Health Services requirements 
  • Wash or sanitize hands before setting out items for sale, before the start of the sale, after each time touching an item an attendee has touched, and after any other activity such as breaks or washroom use
  • Minimize the handling of money, ensure gloves are used when handling cash
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