(COVID KEY / Shape Designs)

Though it can’t unlock all the answers, one Victoria company has designed a tool to hopefully make things a little easier for those who need to leave their homes to access or provide essential services.

The ‘COVID KEY’ was created by local furniture design firm, Shape Design, and is inspired by the need to maintain physical distances while still allowing Vancouver Islanders to shop for their essentials.

The tool is made from acrylic and has curves and edges that help open handles and doors, as well as pick up bags and press buttons — all in an effort to avoid touching objects outdoors.

It also includes a keychain hole for easy access, and is about twice as long as an average key.

These keys cost $12 each, are available for purchase online, and can be shipped right to your door.

On top of keeping your hands squeaky clean, the tool looks to help some of the local businesses islanders may visit, with 50 per cent of the profit from each key sold going towards buying gift cards from said businesses.

With each key purchased, buyers can vote for one business they want to support – up until August 31st.

For every $2,500 raised, Shape Design will randomly select five businesses from those nominated, and gift cards worth $500 each will be bought.

And even better, the gift cards will then be handed out to frontline workers.

Eligible businesses must be located on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands, have a physical location, and be operating and able to provide gift cards.


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