With Friday’s provincial announcement of further workplace closures, Penner’s Building Centre is closing its retail store at the end of the day Saturday.
It plans to stay open for parking lot pickup and delivery to customers, beginning Monday, which is still permitted, say Marcia Penner of the family business.
In his announcement Friday, Premier Doug Ford said his government was prepared to take “every step possible” to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19, and is asking businesses to do the same.
“We’re announcing the closure of many more sectors of the economy, and I can tell you this was no easy task.”
The new closures are effective 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, for a period of two weeks. Of those ordered to close, some, such as hardware stores, and those who sell vehicle, animal, office, computer and safety supplies, will be allowed to continue curbside pickups and deliveries.
The local Home Hardware store had already been taking measures to make the retail area safer for customers, says Penner. They have installed plexiglass at check-outs, have been limiting the number of customers in the store at one time, and have taped the floor to indicate physical distancing of customers.
“We’ve also been disinfecting the store constantly,” she says.
They have also hired a securing company to ensure the limit to customers entering the store was followed, and plan to implement that Saturday, their last day open, which they expect to be a busy one.
Call 905-468-3242 to order and arrange a pickup time.
For further information about what is considered an essential business, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.