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Things are starting to get more serious amid the COVID-19 outbreak. In Quebec and Ontario, only essential business services are now allowed to stay open. Dollarama is one of those businesses.

In a March 24 press release, Dollarama announced that it had been counted among the essential services that would stay open in both provinces.

The company said that it would continue to run its warehouses, distribution centres, and stores with street access during this time.

Dollarama also recently revealed that they would potentially be hiring thousands of new employees during this time to keep up with higher demand for necessary items.

On top of that, the company announced that all of its hourly workers would be receiving a 10% pay increase effective March 23 through July 1, 2020.

"As a weekly shopping destination for millions of Canadians, we are doing everything possible to keep our stores open and well-stocked to provide affordable everyday necessities to our customers in the days, weeks and months ahead," Neil Rossy, President and CEO of Dollarama said in a statement.

"The vast majority of our stores across Canada will remain open to serve our customers while respecting official health and physical distancing directives."

Dollarama also joins the list of essential services that are taking measures to prevent any possible spread of the virus in their locations.

These include limiting store hours to allow for more sanitizing and restocking, as well as dedicating the first opening hour solely to seniors and customers with chronic health conditions.

Walmart Canada also announced last week that it would be hiring thousands of new employees in its stores and distribution centres in order to keep its stores running smoothly.

As of March 23 at 6:00 p.m., there are 1,646 confirmed and 445 probable cases of COVID-19 across the country. There are also 24 deaths that have been caused by the virus.

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