This page has been updated as of Saturday, July 17, 2021.
The outdoor garden centre part of our business was permitted to be open to the public as usual and has been open since early April for pottery, planters and garden related items. You've been free to come wander about our outdoor pottery, birdbath, stone sculpture and various yard & garden related displays all through the past lockdown. Also, our indoor displays have been open at limited capacities since June 11th.
As of Friday, July 16th, Ontario is now in step 3 of its reopening scheme. The following phrase in bold is copied from the Covid-19 Step 3 reopening section of the Ontario provincial government website: Essential and non-essential retail open with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres. Our understanding of this phrase is that you are now free to come wander anywhere outside and also inside our buildings so long as you are able to keep 2 metres away from other people. The local Hastings Prince Edward County health authority still wants you wearing a mask inside the buildings. They also want you wearing a mask outside if you get close to other people not in your group.
Our store has 2 to 3 acres of outdoor yard and garden displays so this provides a lot of freedom and room to move in a very large, uncongested outdoor area. There is, technically, an outdoor capacity limit but, given the large outdoor space, it numbers in the hundreds and we never get even remotely close to the limit…so you’re free to come anytime… It really is truly easy to keep your distance from others at our store…
To get better service, to ensure timely access into the buildings and to avoid bottle necks at the checkout, we would encourage you to come, if you can, at a less busy hour or on a weekday. Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 4 pm tend to be the time when we have the most customers.
Our hours are the same as our regular season hours: Mon to Sat – 10 to 5, Sundays – noon to 5 (EVERY SINGLE DAY INCLUDING SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS!).
Our personnel still wear masks as required and we do our best to keep our distance. Hand sanitizer is provided and customers are encouraged to use it. There are also outdoor water taps and soap for handwashing.
We think this is a safe way to operate and commend the province for having allowed outdoor garden centre operations to be open during this past peak season time frame. As well, for what it's worth, most of our customer base is older, tend to be cautious and concerned about Covid and are following the protocols so as not to get sick.
If you are still uncomfortable being out in public these days, you are welcome to make an appointment to come visit us outside of regular hours. Call the store at 613-478-5068, text Kevin at 613-827-4943 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Email is NOT TETHERED TO ANY MOBILE PHONE so response may not be immediate but we are able to answer most emails the same day.
We take Covid-19 seriously. Both the owners and all employees of Black River Trading Company have been completely vaccinated (both doses) and encourage you to do the same if you haven't done so already. We're making every effort to operate safely and follow the law as best we are able. If you know or see something you think might help us operate more safely, we would appreciate that you point that out to us.