The province released its document to begin the process of loosening restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found on the province’s website.
The province is using Alert Levels to provide public explanation for when certain restrictions will be lessened or lifted. Alert Level 1 would be where restrictions are minimized to a level similar to life prior to COVID-19. View more information on Alert Levels.
Update: RCC has received clarification that for all retailers, e-commerce/pick up and delivery are allowed so long as the retailer practices social distancing, keeps minimal staff in store to handle the pick up and delivery; customers are not allowed in the premises (so payment would have to be online or over the phone).
Details of note and Levels where Retailers can be open to the public:
Alert Level 5 – Effective April 30, 2020: Households may pick one other household to interact with, and each household may interact only with each other.
Alert Level 4 – Effective May 11, 2020: Garden centres can open for in-person sales and service. Landscaping and lawn care services can also resume.
Alert Level 3 – Effective June 8, 2020: All retail can reopen. Retail stores, including those in shopping malls, can open with restrictions. Scratch and break open lotto ticket sales can resume. Hair salons, pet centres, restaurants (with reduced occupancy).
Alert Level 2 – Effective June 25, 2020: Movie theatres, gyms, arenas and bars can also open and video lottery terminals are allowed to be used.
Note: There will likely be additional guidance and/or mandates from government in advance of retailers being allowed to open. RCC will provide members with such information if/when it becomes available.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Jim Cormier, Director (Atlantic) at: [email protected] or (902) 422-4144