The three government-owned BC Liquor Stores in Kamloops remain open, but staff are taking precautions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government liquor stores across the province are adjusting hours of operation, in part, to ensure staff complete additional store cleaning in the off hours, in order to minimize risk to both employees and customers and help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Government liquor stores are now open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays (for those stores that offer Sunday service).
The number of customers permitted in stores will also be limited, where required, in order to allow for observance of the self-distancing guidelines (two metres/6.5 feet between people) outlined by the provincial health officer and the Ministry of Health.
While there is no shortage of beer, wine and spirits in B.C., an increase in sales and customers has led to challenges in keeping shelves properly stocked, a provincial press release stated. The adjusted hours will allow staff to ensure products are available for customers at a time when stores have been experiencing staffing shortages.
Additionally, if landlords or shopping malls are limiting hours, the Liquor Distribution Branch will be required to reduce operating hours accordingly. As the situation evolves, government will continue to explore additional temporary measures to support the hospitality industry, the release stated.