The British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch has announced that it continues to have no plans to shut off the supply of the one thing that's helping many of us get through the COVID-19 crisis. But it will start reducing the opening hours of its stores.
BCLDB corporate communications manager Viviana Zanocco told the Straight that the government-run operation will start implementing reduced store hours in order to further support and protect staff.
As of March 19 BC Liquor Stores will be open from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays if they are normally open on that day. In communities where BC Liquor Stores close earlier than 7 p.m. they will continue to close at that time, but open at 11 a.m.
"We think our BC Liquor Store employees are doing a fabulous job during this challenging time," Zanocco said in an email to the Straight. "Same goes for our BC Cannabis Stores where reduced store hours take effect tomorrow."
Provincial cannabis stores will begin serving customers between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays when they are normally open on that day. In some communities where BC Cannabis Stores close earlier than 6 p.m.; they will continue to close at the same time, but open at 10 a.m.
The BCLDB said it continues watch things closely as the national and global situation with COVID-19 evolves.