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
The City of Edmonton implemented a Temporary Mask Bylaw as of August 1, 2020. So remember to pack your masks before heading out since you will need one before entering businesses! Masks are only required indoors, but you may find yourself in a lineup or on a narrow sidewalk, so we encourage keeping your mask on outside when possible, especially if you’re popping into multiple shops! Wearing a face mask will help protect those around you, keeping our neighbours, businesses, and their staff safe and open! Not sure where to pick up a mask? We’ve rounded up a few spots in the area for you:
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 have a mask with me?
- 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.
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.