Most COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, so why are so many thrift store change rooms still closed? – CBC

Staff shortages, loss prevention among reasons one popular chain keeps many change rooms closed

Jan 16, 2023

Even as other retailers have returned to business as usual, if you want to try on clothing at a second-hand store, you may be out of luck.

Shoppers at some thrift stores are noticing that fitting room closures put in place as a COVID-19 precaution simply aren’t being lifted.

It’s something Elisabeth Boileau first noticed on a trip to Value Village in Thunder Bay, Ont., this fall.

Boileau, whose first daughter was only six months old when the pandemic began early in 2020, said the outing was one of the first opportunities she’s had to update her wardrobe since then and she was looking for affordable options.

She went expecting to be able to try on some items before making a decision, but was disappointed to learn it wasn’t an option at the store, where change rooms have been physically removed.

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