Christmas store in malls, stores alone during COVID-19 pandemic: Ottawa Public Health

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OTTAWA – With the holiday shopping season underway, health officials in Ottawa and eastern Ontario are recommending shopping online or going to malls alone during the COVID-19.
Ottawa Public Health and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit have released guidelines for shoppers planning to visit malls and stores to purchase gifts during the holiday season.

Ottawa Public Health says that if possible, consider shopping online.

If you plan on going to malls or stores during the holiday season, Ottawa Public Health recommends going alone or limiting the number of people you shop with.

Other tips:

  • Plan ahead: go during off-peak hours

  • Buy only with those in your household and / or the social support person you have chosen

  • Put on your mask before entering the store; disinfect your hands before handling your mask and after taking it off

  • Maintain a physical distance of two meters from other shoppers and minimize the number of stores you visit

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit says it’s safe to support local businesses while shopping for Christmas gifts. The health unit recommends minimizing the number of family members who shop together.

Here are more tips from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit:

  • If you want to go shopping with your family, turn with different family members to go to stores.

  • If older people need help with their groceries, appoint one person to accompany them.

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