‘Unprecedented times:’ B.C. allowing distillers to temporarily produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer

'Unprecedented times:' B.C. allowing distillers to temporarily produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Josh McLafferty
File photo: The owner of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery has been delivering surface cleaner and ethanol sanitizer that he's made for people with compromised immune systems.

It’s all hands on deck for the production of sanitizer in British Columbia.

The B.C. government has announced that all distillers throughout the province are being allowed to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizer on a temporary basis as part of an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“We are in unprecedented times and everyone must do their part to fight COVID-19. Distilleries have been approaching us asking how they can help, and this new policy directive will mean they are authorized to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizer,” said David Eby, the province’s attorney general, in a press release issued Sunday.

Previously, the province required distillers and other licensed manufactures to receive authorization from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch prior to the production of hand sanitizer.

While hand sanitizer is needed in the fight against COVID-19, the release notes that the best way to prevent the transmission of coronavirus is by thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


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