LCBO stores to be closed one day a week amid COVID-19 pandemic

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While the LCBO has been declared an essential service—public health officials have said that alcohol withdrawal could send people to hospitals in the midst of an already challenging pandemic—it will operate at significantly reduced hours. 

The LCBO says that effective Monday, March 30, all LCBO retail locations will be closed on Mondays. Previously announced reduced hours of 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. continue to apply Tuesday through Sundays.

If you'd prefer to order online, you can still do so—although you will have to follow pick up directions provided by Canada Post for home deliveries. Delivery through foodora remains available for customers living within the delivery boundaries.

"This additional measure follows the previous action taken to-date, including increased cleaning and sanitization, implementing measures in-store that promote social distancing and introducing new HR policies in support of LCBO customer service and warehouse staff," the LCBO said in a statement. 

The company also said it will be managing traffic flow within its stores to avoid crowding and marking points on the floor to help people maintain social distancing. 

The use of debit or credit as payment is strongly encouraged and customers will have to pack their own reusable bags. The LCBO is not accepting any in-store product returns until further notice.

"We must ask any customers who are sick, in isolation or returning from travel outside of Canada not to visit our stores, but rather make alternate arrangements through family or friends," the statement concludes. 

LCBO Convenience Outlets authorized to sell beverage alcohol are privately-owned and business hours may vary.

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