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Uniqlo starts to reopen stores in Canada but customers won't be allowed to try on clothes

Uniqlo has announced that it's reopening some locations in Canada after closing all its stores temporarily for nearly two months. 

The Japanese retailer says that it will be opening five of its 13 Canadian stores Thursday, but only in British Columbia and Alberta, where restrictions around mall retail stores have been tentatively lifted. 

The hours of each Uniqlo depend on mall restrictions. 

British Columbia 
  • Metrotown —  open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Guildford Town Centre —  open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.n. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 
  • CF Richmond Centre — open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Coquitlam Centre — open 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 
  • West Edmonton Mall —  open 11 a.m. to 7 p.n. Monday to Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

According to the chain, multiple safety measures are being introduced to enforce physical distancing and to curb community spread, like limiting store capacity and adding floor markers to help guide foot traffic.

They're also taking in-store temperatures of staff, who will all be wearing PPE, and encouraging customers to bag their own purchases. 

Fitting rooms are no longer open to the public, meaning you won't be able to try your clothes on before taking them home.

In-store returns, however, are permitted, but the store won't be able to put returned items back on the floor until 48 hours later. Their clothing donation program has also been suspended for the time being.

Acrylic barriers have been installed at checkout counters, and all Uniqlos are undergoing frequent cleaning, with emphasis on high-traffic areas like the point-of-sales and shopping basket. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up at entrances and at cash registers.

There's no word yet as to when the remaining eight stores in Ontario will be able to open. 

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez

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