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We continue to do our best to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Please check back often as this page is routinely updated per Public Health guidelines.

Here are some of the measures we adopted to help safeguard our entire community:

  • Until 10:30AM Wednesdays and until 11:30AM on Sundays we offer Safer Shopping Hours for those at higher risk of Covid-19 infection where you’ll find masks are mandatory for everyone, a freshly sanitized and stocked store, HEPA air filters running.
  • Additional HEPA filters have been placed through the store and back-of-house to improve air quality and exchange.
  • If it’s unsafe for you to shop in-store, we’ve partnered with Instacart to offer online shopping and delivery.  You can find our online offering at shop.thesweetpotato.ca.
  • In addition to our rigorous cleaning regimen, we’ve added three full-time cleaning roles to our team. During opening hours, team members are regularly cleaning and disinfecting the store, both on the floor and behind the scenes. This is over and above the deep clean that happens after the store is closed.
  • You’ll notice changes to the layout of the store, including a new entry, widened aisles, and a single checkout line. All of these changes help customers maintain physical distance.
  • Regular and thorough handwashing is happening constantly for our staff.
  • We’ve closed our seating area, and removed our self-serve coffee and free fruit for kids for the time being.
  • If you are able, we ask that you pay by card. We will always accept cash, but for everyone’s health and safety we prefer this method if you can use it.
  • No staff work sick. We don’t require doctor’s notes and we’ve increased our paid sick days. We also offer flexible schedules and job security if any staff feel the need to take time off right now. We’ve added additional health benefits, including mental health supports and increases to compensation. And we’re working to ensure our team stays fed and their needs are met while they’re working.
  • Please understand that our team is working very hard to keep our community fed. A friendly word, your efficient shopping, and shopping alone whenever possible all helps to keep us safer.
  • If you need special accommodation beyond those described on this page, please email us at info[at]TheSweetPotato.ca to arrange for an individualized shopping plan.
Safer Shopping Hours are Wednesdays until 10:30am and Sundays until 11:30am
Safer Shopping Hours for Higher Risk Folks

Wednesdays until 10:30AM and Sundays until 11:30AM we’re ensuring a safer shopping experience for higher risk friends and their household members. Access to this service continues to be at our customers’ discretion. There are countless ways folks and their families are made vulnerable to Covid-19 infection including but not limited to: age, pregnancy, chronic illness, compromised immune system, and those who cannot be vaccinated.

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Deep Cleaning and HEPA Filtration

We continue to clean the store throughout the day, but our most rigorous deep cleaning happens overnight – so folks can take advantage of our Safer Shopping Hours knowing the store has been fully cleaned. We also have HEPA filters running continuously throughout the store and behind the scenes to improve air quality and exchange.