At last! Hopefully, you might start to notice LCBO lines getting much shorter by next week. Starting on May 14, LCBO stores across the province will be extending their hours until 9 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. Although certain measures have been put in place to aid in social distancing policies, this move hopes to aid in reducing long lines and making shopping much more convenient for customers.
According to a release issued by the board, over 360 stores will begin running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., starting on Thursday, May 14.
Sunday hours will remain from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and stores will be closed on Mondays.
However, there is no official store list out just yet, so it's too soon to look up whether your local LCBO will be open past 6.
"The expansion of store hours will continue to roll out in stages across the province through to the first week of June. All LCBO stores will remain closed on Mondays until further notice," reads part of the statement.
All in all, though, it should make that end-of-day booze dash less hectic for a lot of Ontarians.
And the timing is pretty sweet too, just ahead of Victoria Day weekend from May 16-18.
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The LCBO also notes it will be maintaining good health practices in stores.
Those include introducing "numerous physical distancing supports" and increased "prevention awareness" among workers.
The release notes that the store locator will be updated on May 14 to reflect the new hours and various locations.
Although this is all in an effort to ensure customer and employee safety, it seems some people aren't fans of the recent measures.
One LCBO customer took it to a gross new level and in retaliation, coughed on an employee's face because he was annoyed.
Now, with the extended hours, there's more of a reason to not let your emotions get the best of you. The LCBO will also have new items available to purchase so you'll be able to get them much faster without having to wait in long lines.
Meanwhile, back in March, two separate stores in Toronto were hit by cases of COVID-19 affecting staff members and had to shut for deep cleaning.
Since then, the LCBO has only reported one more case of the virus, back in early April.