‘We’re still open’: B.C. liquor stores still selling booze amid COVID-19 pandemic

'We're still open': B.C. liquor stores still selling booze amid COVID-19 pandemic
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BC Liquor Stores will remain open to the public

It’s time to raise a glass – while you still can.

As restaurants and bars shut down across the province, you can still get your wine fix at B.C. Liquor Stores, as they are keeping their doors open to the public.

“Our highest priority is the health and safety of those that are most vulnerable, our employees and customers, and we are taking steps to stem the spread of the viral infection COVID-19,” said the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LBD).

The company says these new steps include a number of preventative measures including rigorous cleaning.

BC liquor stores have no immediate plans to close any stores or distribution centres but will follow the recommendations from B.C.’s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

LBD says they recognize it is a fluid situation, and that they are taking all the necessary precautions to keep those most vulnerable safe.

With tight restrictions at the border, the distributor says they are doing their best to keep up their inventory.

“We are also working with our business partners, suppliers and stakeholders to ensure supply chains are not disrupted,” LBD said in an email.

So, for now, they will remain open but can give no promise for how long, as COVID-19 continues to affect rules and regulations across British Columbia.


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