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.
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
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
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).
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