Oliver turning into ghost town

Oliver turning into ghost town

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many banking/insurance institutions to implement strict social distancing protocols at their premises. Here, people line up outside Interior Savings on Main Street in Oliver. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)

The Town of Oliver is taking on a ghost town appearance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s straight out of a science fiction movie.

The only people milling about are those waiting in line to get into local banking and insurance institutions.

Banks are limiting the number of customers allowed in their buildings as part of social distancing requirements. Therefore, people have to wait outside as observed at Interior Savings Insurance on Main Street.

At Valley First Credit Union, a staff person has been standing outside the entrance door with gloves on. Customers are directed to wait behind a red line before they enter the building.

The post office is still open, with parcels still being processed. But a sign on the door recommends customers stay away unless their business is necessary.

Many shops are closed up tighter than a 10-year-old jar of peaches in a root cellar.

As most people are saying these days, “stay safe.”