LCBO to cut business hours starting Thursday

The new LCBO store at Tecumseh Mall. BlackburnNews.com file photo.

You can now add the LCBO to the list of businesses affected by the novel coronavirus.

The LCBO announced in a tweet Tuesday afternoon that all outlets will have scaled-back hours starting on Thursday. All stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, the hours do not apply to LCBO convenience outlets, which are privately-owned and where hours may vary.

The announcement comes after Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario, limiting planned public gatherings and closing a wide variety of public areas.

“This measure follows previous action taken to elevate store cleaning and sanitization protocols and increased prevention awareness amongst employees,” read the release included in the tweet.

The LCBO said deliveries will still be made, but anyone expecting a delivery must check with Canada Post for guidelines regarding parcels requiring proof of age.

Outlets are also not accepting product returns at this time. Customers are asked to hold onto their product, and any receipts as eligible returns will be accepted at a later date.