Penticton’s Salvation Army Thrift Store will reopen on June 17 after weeks of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opening will be in full compliance with the guidelines and requirements set forth by the federal government and B.C. Health Authority. The store will resume operations with several safety measures in place to ensure both staff and customers remain safe.
“We are excited to get back to business,” said Major Paul Trickett of the South Okanagan Salvation Army. “At the same time, we want to ensure we are doing our part to keep our staff and the community safe. So things may look a bit different in terms of the service delivery, but the same open and hospitable experience will be made available to all.”
Precautionary measures including increased sanitization and protective equipment are being introduced at all levels to protect donors, customers, and employees stated the organization in a release.
Trickett said he expects the reopening to be a welcome re-addition to the community.
“As a result of the pandemic, the need for affordable clothing and household items will be very high in the days, weeks, and months ahead,” said Trickett. “During these scary and unpredictable times, we’ve remained committed to helping individuals and families in our community and we hope people will return to our store so we can continue that work.”
Funds from the thrift store operations support local programs and services, such as family services, food banks and community meal programs, and school and camp lunch programs.