Alberta is fast considering re-oping their retail shops and has supplied guidance on COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Strategies to retail owners.
Below is a snapshot of the strategies being implemented:
Workers and patrons should be screened for #COVID-19 symptoms (the province does not suggest how this screening should be conducted).
Workplaces should have a plan to ensure that any worker or patron who has any COVID-19 symptom is not permitted into the workplace.
Businesses should follow the cleaning and disinfecting practices described in the workplace guidelines.
Shopping baskets and carts should be disinfected between patron use.
Workplaces should keep and monitor an inventory of personal protective equipment to ensure that workers always have access to appropriate protective equipment if required.
Surfaces in change rooms should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Consider options that minimize the risk of spread when trying on garments. Encourage customers to sanitize hands before trying on clothes.
Layout and Patron Flow
Place appropriate signage around all entries and throughout the business outlining policies and procedures such as (a) physical distancing expectations, (b) hand hygiene, (c) coughing and sneezing etiquette, and (d) cleaning and disinfection practices.
Make hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol available at as many of the following locations as possible: entrances, exits, escalators, change rooms, and checkout counters for the public.
Consider restricting and directing customer flow into and within the business (e.g., one point of entry and exit, identify patron flow throughout the store with signage).
Consider limiting the number of patrons allowed in the business at any given time.
Support vulnerable populations with access to dedicated store hours, delivery or curbside pickup.
Encourage patrons to exit the business as quickly as possible following their purchase or completion of their visit.
Encourage curbside pickup for online purchases.
Take precautions at the point of sale to reduce transmission (a) physically distance cashiers from patrons or installing physical barriers, (b) create markers to indicate where shoppers should stand while waiting in line to maintain physical distance, (c) clean and disinfect touch screens at self check-outs between patron use, (d) space out cash counters and self-service check-outs, when possible.
Ensure gloves are available for workers handling cash.
Offer and encourage online or telephone orders with delivery or pick-up services as alternatives to in-person shopping.
Update return policies to prevent the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to workers, volunteers and patrons. This may include: (a) eliminating the opportunity to return purchased goods (i.e. final sale only), (b) cleaning and disinfecting hard-surfaced, returned good prior to placing them back onto the sales floor, and (c) storing soft-surface items for a period of 24 hours prior to resale.
Ensure staff are trained on hygiene, sanitation and any updated policies or procedures related to preventing transmission of COVID-19.
Encourage proper hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette.
Ensure employees have access to hand sanitizer as required.
Allow staff to wear masks if preferred, even if a mask is not necessary for the work they are performing.
Stagger staff arrival and departure times, lunch times, breaks and meetings to reduce the number of workers in one place at a given time.
Designate lockers and storage spaces for individual workers.
Encourage staff to launder uniforms between shifts.
Continue to follow existing occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements.
At Proma, these new business requirements will be strictly adhered to and considered during the planning and execution of all retail projects within our portfolio.
Contact us at by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (TF) 1-866-488-5275 | (O) 647-730-4597 ext. 101 should your retail store require physical adjustments to meet these new provincial mandates.
Stay safe, stay well.
- The Proma Team