HUNTSVILLE – There were sights in downtown Huntsville on Friday not lately seen.
Parked cars lined Main Street. Shop doors were open. Customers trekked up and down the sidewalks.
It wasn't nearly as busy as a normal Friday in June, but it was definitely a change from the ghost-town feel of weeks past.
The veil of some COVID-19 restrictions on business had slowly lifted and – with continued precautions – some businesses – though not all – had reopened to walk-in customers as the province permitted Muskoka to start Stage 2 of economic reopening on June 12.
"Our front entrance is now open and Aria and Cheryl are ready to welcome you," wrote Pharmasave Huntsville on Facebook on June 12. "Please continue to do your part and practice social distancing while in store."
The shop, like others that had opened to walk-ins, had made hand sanitizer available to customers at their entrances.
These were just some of the measures businesses had taken.
Physical distancing signs were spotted in several areas. Limits on the number of customers in store were in place. Curbside pickup options and reduced hours continued for most.
"We are trying our best and if you have any feedback on how we can help you feel comfortable and safe while in our care please let us know," continued Pharmasave Huntsville. "We are happy to see you and will continue to try our best to take care of your needs."
Downtown Huntsville BIA officials had also posted an evolving business directory on its Facebook page to offer up-to-date information on open stores.