If you've been thinking about having a garage sale but are not sure it falls under the category of things you can do during the governor's stay-at-home order, start cleaning your garage.

According to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, a representative from the Department of Public Safety stated that garage sales are considered curbside pickup, which makes them legal. And with the governor's new orders as of Wednesday, May 13, Wolbersen said garage sales are a go.

The Echo Press lists garage sales in both the Wednesday and Friday paper under a special garage sale heading. In addition, it offers garage sale kits, which include two signs, two posts, price sticker sheets and tips for having a garage sale, at a discounted price. Call the Echo Press office at 320-763-3133 for more information.

Even though people are free to have a garage sale, everyone can still work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some tips:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms, for 10 days after your illness onset and three days after your fever resolves without fever reducing medicine (whichever is longer), and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Up-to-date guidance from the Department of Health on recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.