Retail sales in the province collapsed starting around March 10, said Greg Wilson, director of government relations for the Retail Council’s Pacific office.
“So, retail sales are climbing out of that hole, but they’ve not recovered by any means,” Wilson said.
In B.C., grocery stores, pharmacies and general merchants were declared essential services, Wilson said, and others, such as home improvement, office-supply and electronics stores remained open to serve people working at home or taking on renovation projects while isolating at home.
“B.C. is actually fairly unique because a lot of stuff could remain open,” Wilson said.