Customers are lined up at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store in this 2019 file photo. Even today, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the store continues to see around 150 customers a day. (Summerland Review file photo)

Customers are lined up at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store in this 2019 file photo. Even today, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the store continues to see around 150 customers a day. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland thrift store to close until Jan. 2, 2021

Concerns about increase in COVID-19 cases led to decision to close doors

In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep customers and volunteers safe, the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store will close its doors for several weeks from Dec. 6 to Jan. 2, 2021.

“We’re starting to get concerned about the outbreaks in the community,” said Wess Campbell, president of the health care auxiliary. “We can’t put volunteers at risk.”

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Over the past week, there have been cases of COVID-19 in Summerland, including one case at Giant’s Head Elementary School and one case at the municipality of Summerland.

The thrift store has implemented COVID-19 safety policies. In addition to requiring face masks, the store is also limiting the number of people in the store to no more than 25 at a time.

On a typical day, the store receives 150 customers, Campbell said. The hours of operation are 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

So far, nobody at the store has contracted the virus, “and we want to keep it that way,” Campbell said.

The health care auxiliary has been in place since 1909 and the thrift store was started in 1959.

Over the course of a year, it takes in between $450,000 and $500,000. The majority of the money is used for health-related causes.

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