Many Calgary businesses are getting ready to reopen on Thursday after being closed for almost two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After spending the last few months shopping online, many people searching for a new outfit will be looking forward to the old fashioned joy of trying on clothing, but for the owner of Bamboo Ballroom, that will present the biggest challenge.
While businesses are adjusting the way they operate to safely reopen amid the pandemic, the owner of Owl’s Nest Books is wondering if the province’s relaunch date has come too soon.
“We are uncertain like everyone about whether this is the right time yet, but our customers are very anxious to try and come in,” Susan Hare said.
Hare said that online delivery and pick-up has been booming at the store, she attributes the sales to libraries being closed and people having more time to read amid the outbreak.
She added that sales Owl’s Nest Books are only down only eight per cent compared to last year.
When the store opens next Tuesday, shoppers will have the choice of wearing gloves or using hand sanitizer before browsing — a procedure Hare said the store also encouraged before closing its doors in March.
“It was impossible to get people to not touch the books,” she said.