The Value Village thrift store in Victoria is one of the first retail shops to re-open in the region amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The business, located at 1810 Store Street in downtown Victoria, re-opened its doors on May 8th, according to a statement from the store.

“Our goal is for you to feel safe shopping with us for everyday household necessities and one-of-a-kind finds, and while dropping off reusable goods when responsibly de-cluttering your home,” said the email sent out to Value Village’s mailing list.

The Victoria location is now open with reduced hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Value Village website.

Here’s what you can expect for the Value Village store re-openings:

New store and donation centre hours

Initial hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily to allow for additional time to thoroughly clean and stock sales floors.

Creating a safe shopping space

Floor decals have been placed throughout the store, making it easier to judge the proper physical distance from other shoppers. Staff may also limit the number of shoppers in stores at any given time to further protect customers and team members.

Fitting rooms are also closed, however, exchange policies have been extended to 14 days.

Enhancing daily cleaning procedures

Stores will be deep cleaned prior to opening and frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces have been increased.

Protective gear

Team members will be wearing protective gear for both customer and employee protection.

Adjusting reusable bag policy

As a temporary and precautionary measure, team members will stop handling shopper-supplied bags (where permitted), though customers can choose to pack up purchases themselves at check-out.