IVSA News & Covid-19 updates: March 26, 2020 Issue #6

MARCH 2020 Issue #6
- BC Liquor Stores begin Sunday closures
- Liquor Industry defined as essential service
COVID-19 information from IVSA included in today's notice:

Liquor industry defined essential service
BC Liquor Stores begin Sunday closures
Links to other essential news and services updates

Liquor Industry Defined as Essential Service
Today, BC Premier John Horgan and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced British Columbia's next steps to support the COVID-19 response.  
Included in BC's list of essential services:
•    Food processing, manufacturing, storage and distribution of foods, feed products and beverages
•    Liquor retail
•    Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, if operating under rules for social and physical distancing or other recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer 
•    Hotels and places of accommodation
•    Cannabis retail and cannabis producers

BC Liquor Store: Sunday Closures

BC Liquor Stores continue to operate across the province, with the exception of some stores who are experiencing staffing issues. These are stores are closing periodically when they can’t staff to acceptable safety levels.
Effective March 29, BC Liquor Stores will be closed across the province on Sundays. This a temporary measure to allow for resource allocation and help ensure staff are getting much needed rest

Ted Latimer
Executive Director 
IVSA Import Vintners & Spirits Association