We know how eager many of you are to continue to support our local businesses in Old Strathcona, and for that – THANK YOU! To help you enjoy your visit to Old Strathcona in a safe and healthy way, here are some things to be aware of: 

Put Your Mask To The Task

On the advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw; we encourage the use of non-medical masks when physical distancing is not possible. Please consider packing a mask (or 2!) before heading down to the avenue. As you may find yourself in a long lineup, or a busy store with limited space; wearing a face mask will help protect those around you, keeping our neighbours and community safe! Plus, there are some unique & fashionable options out there to try:

X Marks The Spot

An ‘X’ in this case it might be an arrow, a line, ‘stand here’, or even a kind message! In the coming weeks you will see physical distancing reminders on the sidewalks throughout our neighbourhood; these are here to help manage lineups outside, as space inside your favourite shop may be limited.  

Go With The Flow

Once inside, you may notice directional arrows, and other distancing markers on the floor. Keeping to the suggested side or aisle will help customers safely shop without running into other visitors. We can help each other out by following the flow of arrows and minding our distance in lineups.  

Get Ahead Of The Game:  

Many of our businesses are active on social media and update their websites to let you know how they are adapting their operations for your safety. It’s always a good idea to check ahead so that you’re prepared! Here are a couple of things to think about:  

  • Do I need a mask before entering? 
  • Will I have access to a public washroom? 
  • Can I order ahead? 
  • How many people are allowed inside at one time? 
  • Should I leave my reusable bags at home?

There’s Always Time Online

Try doing a little window shopping online before making your way down! Having an idea of what you are looking for, or what the flavour of the day is will help keep transactions quick and efficient.    

Be Kind, Be Safe & Please…Be Patient

We’re all navigating a new way of socializing, shopping, eating and doing businesses. Sanitization protocols, and cleaning frequency means it may take a little longer to get to your table, or to receive your order. Please understand that these cleanliness standards are for your safety as well as those who serve you, and your understanding goes a long way. 

Getting Here  

Information about temporary sidewalk cafes, retail expansion, and traffic adjustments will be rolled out over several weeks from the City, with updates and the most current information on parking, traffic adjustments and other transportation available here.