Social distancing has left a lot of Canadians temporarily without work. Luckily, Dollarama is hiring during the COVID-19 outbreak. The company has also taken other precautions during this time.

In a March 20 press release, Dollarama announced that it would be staying open amid the various store closures to continue to serving people.

The company also said that they anticipate hiring "thousands of Canadians" during this time to keep up with increased demand caused by the worldwide pandemic.

Anyone who is looking to pick up some extra work during this time can apply directly at their local store.

Dollarama is taking additional steps similar to other stores like Sobeys and Shoppers Drug Mart to ensure the health and safety of their customers and employees.

These include limiting the hours that stores are open in order to allow more time for cleaning, sanitizing, and restocking.

Stores are also encouraged to dedicate their opening hours to the shopping needs of elderly customers and people with disabilities, something other businesses have already done.

"As a weekly shopping destination for millions of Canadians, we will be doing everything possible to meet the needs of our customers in the days, weeks and months ahead," Neil Rossy, President and CEO of Dollarama said in a statement.

"Our intention is to keep our stores open and well-stocked so that we can continue to provide essential, everyday necessities to Canadians from British Columbia to Newfoundland."

Walmart Canada also announced that they would be hiring thousands of people in associate positions to help keep up with demand.

A number of businesses, including IKEA Canada, have completely closed during this time.

Provinces are also cracking down on events and gatherings with more than 50 people.

As of March 20 at 6:00 PM, there are 971 confirmed and 33 presumptive cases of COVID-19 across the country. There have also been 12 reported deaths caused by the virus.

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