The provincial government of Ontario has called for a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Doug Ford assured Ontarians that many places will remain open such as the LCBO, the Beer Store, grocery stores and convenience stores, according to Global News.
The LCBO posted a tweet saying they will remain open, despite concerns from customers.
“To help ensure a safe shopping experience, we have elevated our cleaning and sanitation protocols in our stores and warehouses and have increased prevention awareness amongst our staff. We want our employees to take care of themselves and, in turn, you.”
There has been a mixed bag of reactions to the decision to keep liquor stores open in the province, with some in favour of it and some calling it irresponsible.
The Canadian Press reported that sales of cannabis skyrocketed over the weekend in both Ontario and Quebec.
Daffyd Roderick, a spokesperson for one Ontario Cannabis Store said the retailer saw an increase in sales by 80 percent, receiving almost 3,000 orders on Saturday alone.
According to the Ford government, essential services will remain in operation throughout the state of emergency in Ontario, however the following services will be affected:
- Facilities providing recreational programs
- Licensed child care centres
- Bars and restaurants (takeout and delivery permitted)
- Theatres, cinemas and concert venues