Boxing Week: Here’s how you can and can’t shop at Hamilton-area malls during lockdown

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The typical flurry of Boxing Day shoppers at Hamilton-area malls was replaced with curbside pickup and bargain-hunting online this year after non-essential stores were shuttered amid a provincewide shutdown.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced last week that the rest of the province would join grey-zone regions like Toronto, Peel and Hamilton in lockdown starting Dec. 26 at 12:01 a.m., which will remain in effect in southern Ontario for 28 days.

Lockdown measures prohibit indoor gathering, dining and shopping — other than essentials like grocery and pharmacy.

Malls in the Hamilton area remain open — sort of. Here’s what you need to know about Boxing Week shopping at malls in the area:

Lime Ridge Mall

The Mountain mall is closed for in-person shopping, with limited access for essential services like banks and pharmacies.

Lime Ridge is offering “in-mall pickup” by appointment only.

“We’re working hard to ensure your next visit to CF Lime Ridge a safe and comfortable one,” reads a Dec. 25 statement on the mall’s website.

Shoppers can shop using retailers’ websites, apps or the LiVe by CF app, which allows customers to search for a mall’s stores and products in one place, and pick up their items at entrance No. 4 on the east side of the mall.

Curbside pickup outside the mall is also available at certain locations.