Gov. Mike DeWine has given the green light to garage and yard sales — a staple of spring and summer in northeast Ohio.
However, anyone who wants to host a sale will need to practice social distancing by doing the following:
• Place posters encouraging social distancing for customers to see upon arrival and while shopping.
• Set up tables and chairs six feet apart.
• Use heavy-duty tape to form a flow for customers to follow throughout the sale.
• Ask customers to stand in a line, while spread apart, during a high traffic times.
• Clean all tables and chairs several times throughout the day.
• Make sure all merchandise is washed and dried and/or wiped down with a disinfectant product before placing on a table or chair for sale.
• Wipe down all tables and chairs using disinfectant at the end of the day or in the morning before the next day of the sale starts.
• Wear masks and disposable gloves at all times during the sale.
• Have hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol on tables and other places for customers to use.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or go to https://coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Ashtabula city residents are reminded they must fill out a permit for a sale. There is no fee for the permit.
"We realize it might be difficult for people to follow these guidelines; you might want to err on the side of caution and not have it until this is over," City Manager Jim Timonere said.
The reasoning behind the permit is to prevent people from having a perpetual yard sale all summer long, he said.
Residents are allowed one sale every 30 days, for three days, according to the city ordinance.
The yard sale ordinance also aims to strike down the abundance of yard sale signs that plaster utility poles throughout the summer, according to city officials.
The yard sale application can be found at http://cityofashtabula.com. The form can be mailed or emailed to city officials. For more information, call 440-992-7118.