BC Liquor Stores stay open; some BC wineries offer free shipping during COVID-19 crisis

There's no need to hoard alcohol like toilet paper amid coronavirus concerns

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      There's no need to hoard alcohol: BC Liquor Stores is still open amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

      Considered by some to be an essential service, BC Liquor Stores announced on its website that some locations may experience modified hours of operation, and all tastings and special events have been cancelled until further notice. 

      But for the time being, there's no need for panic about closures.

      Stores are also implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures, consistent and proper hand-washing by staff, and is urging customers to respect people's personal space and the maintain a physical distance of two metres from others.

      Visit its website for up-to-date information and store hours. 

      Meanwhile, some BC wineries are offering free shipping. 

      Mission Hill Family Estate is providing complimentary shipping until further notice on all orders right across Canada regardless of quantity purchased. While its wine shop is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily, the winery is postponing onsite experiences, including culinary classes, tastings, and tours. 

      "This is a difficult decision for us, however, we feel it is important to follow the guidance of our health service professionals to slow the spread of the virus," winery president Darryl Brooker said in a statement. 

      For more info, visit the website or call 250-768-6498.

      CedarCreek Estate Winery is also offering free shipping on all orders Canada-wide. See here for more details. 

      Looking for wine and cheese?

      Penticton's Upper Bench Winery and Creamery is also offering free shipping in response to coronavirus concerns. This applies to all orders of wine and cheese to all addresses in B.C.; no minimums or maximums.

      Orders can be placed online using the coupon code "freeshipping2020" at checkout. Free shipping will remain in place even if the winery closes its Wine Shop.