Government liquor and cannabis stores adjusting hours

New liquor, cannabis hours

Government run liquor and cannabis stores in B.C.are adjusting their hours in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Liquor Distribution Branch, which oversees both operations, says hours are being adjusted in order to allow the stores to remain open.

As of today, all BC Liquor Stores will open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday for those that operate Sundays.

BC Cannabis Stores will begin adjusted hours Friday. Those outlets will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. 6p.m. for those normally open Sunday.

Stores that normally close earlier will continue to do so.

"These changes will allow BC Liquor Store staff to complete additional store cleaning in the off hours, to minimize risk to our employees and customers, and help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus," the LDB said in a statement Thursday.

"As you may know increased volume of sales and customers, has led to challenges in stocking and restocking shelves. The reduced hours will allow staff to receive and safely stock product and ensure availability for customers as LDB has been experiencing staffing shortages as some staff self-isolate."

The statement says there are no product shortages at the moment.

"Our highest priority is the health and safety of those that are most vulnerable, our employees and customers.

"To that end we will continue to take whatever steps are necessary and follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer. We are also working with our business partners, suppliers and stakeholders to ensure supply chains are not disrupted."

The changes do not impact private liquor and cannabis retailers.

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