LCBO closing Mondays but will remain open six days a week

LCBO Store (BlackburnNews.com File Photo)

Anyone thinking of panic-buying booze in the wake of the province’s announcement that it will be closing down non-essential services Tuesday night can breathe a sigh of relief.

The LCBO has announced that it will stay open six days a week and the Beer Store is also considered an “essential workplace”.

Starting Monday, March 30, all LCBO retail locations will be closed on Mondays, though. The stores will still be operating with the reduced hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

If you can’t head out to the liquor store or you want to avoid it if possible, the LCBO says e-commerce delivery is still an option. However, a release from the Crown corporation notes that you will have to follow pick up directions provided by Canada Post for home deliveries.

The latest service cut follows several previous measures the LCBO has already put in place to protect its customers and employees including:

  • – managing traffic flow within the stores to avoid crowding and marking spots on the floor for social distancing guidelines while customers are in line
  • – strongly encouraging the use of credit and debit cards as payment
  • – having customers pack their own reusable bags
  • – not accepting any in-store product returns until further notice

LCBO officials are also asking any customers who are sick, in isolation or returning from travel outside of Canada to stay away from the stores and to make alternate arrangements for pickup and/or delivery.

A release from the province issued late Monday night also noted that “beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers” will be allowed to remain open.