Press Release

During this time of self-quarantining, many people are cleaning out their homes and typically at this time of year garage/yard sales start happening all over the county. Sawyer County Public Health is advising people against holding garage/yard or estate sales at this time.

There are several reasons, but first and foremost, this does not allow for social distancing, which can increase the spread of COVID-19.

“We understand that people are antsy and want to get out in the community more, but the longer we do activities or do things that are not consistent with what has been recommended, the longer it will give this virus an opportunity to spread from person to person and it will only delay getting back to our normal lives in the future”, stated Public Health Officer Julia Lyons.

“If you refer back to Governor Evers’ Safer At Home Orders having a garage sale or even going to a garage or estate sale is not recommended as it is considered non-essential travel. Garage or estate sales generally speaking do not allow for social distancing. Any sale such as this could increase the risk of contracting the virus as there is no way to know if the person you are buying from or the item itself has been exposed to COVID 19.

I am hopeful that these types of sales can resume later in the season, but for now we urge everyone to follow social distancing” Lyons stated.

Public Health wishes to remind everyone to follow the county’s social distancing slogan: Be Sawyer Smart and Stay 6 Feet Apart.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 follow Sawyer County Public Health website for official information: and the Wisconsin DHS:

Last Update: May 01, 2020 10:41 am CDT

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