Following the Canada government’s update to the list of essential businesses, all hardware stores in the provinces are required to be closed starting today.
The government initially received some flack for the number of businesses that were allowed to stay open amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but the list has since been shortened and no longer includes hardware stores.
Instead, stores that possess home hardware must sell “only through an alternative method of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery, except in exceptional circumstances.”
Home Depot stores, for instance, are officially closed for customer entry in Canada — but online shopping and curb side pick-up remain available.
“In accordance with recent provincial government measures, Canada stores will be closed to customers as of Sunday, April 10,” the company posted to their website.
Lowe’s has posted a similar message to their website, indicating that their stores will remain open for curb side pick-up only until 6 p.m. daily following an online order on their website.
Although the shortened list of essential businesses was to be expected, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had mentioned several times that it would be reduced, it seems many Canadians simply weren’t prepared for the shuttering of hardware stores.
Yesterday, in light of the announcement, Canadian Tire received an influx of customers which resulted in their website crashing and massive line ups outside their stores.
All business no longer included on the list of essential services were required to shut down by 11:59 p.m. yesterday, and the closure will be in effect for at least 14 days before the list is re-evaluated.