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Businesses cautious as first phase of Alberta's relaunch approaches

CALGARY — Albertans may be allowed to shop in a store, get a haircut or sit down for a restaurant meal as soon as Thursday.
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CALGARY — Albertans may be allowed to shop in a store, get a haircut or sit down for a restaurant meal as soon as Thursday.

But some businesses say they aren't ready to open their doors even though the first phase of Alberta's "relaunch strategy" is set to begin.

ReWorks Upcycle Shop in Calgary has been selling sustainable gifts and home decor throughout the COVID-19 pandemic through online orders and curbside pickup.

Owner Solita Works says she misses chatting with customers face to face, but does not feel it's safe yet to open.

Susan Hare, who co-owns Owl's Nest Books in Calgary, says the shop doesn't plan to reopen until next week, because she needs more time to prepare space for proper physical distancing. 

Avenida Food Hall, where several independent vendors have their own booths, plans to replace some tables and chairs that were removed after the pandemic hit.

"We're looking forward to getting started," general manager Yuval Greenfeld said Wednesday. "We're going try to do some outdoor seating as well to give people a little more space."

Some food-hall vendors have been offering frozen meals or takeout.

One of the world's largest indoor shopping centres, West Edmonton Mall, plans to reopen all entrances to customers, with dedicated doors to enter and exit.

It will have decals on the floor marking one-way traffic flow and appropriate physical distancing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published  May 13, 2020

The Canadian Press