By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter
The latest phase of Ontario’s plan to reopen the economy includes the opening of the Salvation Army Thrift Stores across the province.
With new guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of staff, patrons, and the community as a whole, operations will look different in the stores, compared to pre-COVID-19.
In Chatham-Kent, there were varying re-opening dates.
Chatham’s Salvation Army opened July 14, Wallaceburg’s Salvation Army opened July 28 and Ridgetown is scheduled to reopen on July 29.
“We only allow so many people into the store at one time, to allow for proper social distancing practices,” Kelly Roy, thrift store manager of all three Chatham-Kent locations, told the Sydenham Current.
The Chatham Salvation Army store hours run from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the Wallaceburg and Ridgetown stores operate Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Roy said the Wallaceburg location, located at 600 Lowe Avenue, is once again taking donations, but only during business hours.
“Unfortunately, we cannot allow furniture at this time due to COVID-19,” she added.
Funds from the Salvation Army Thrift Store locations support local food banks as well as other Salvation Army initiatives, such as: community services, housing, and money management.