The LCBO is the latest Toronto store to be hit by COVID-19. While LCBO and Beer Store locations are generally staying open amid the pandemic, one store in a north area of the 6ix is closed after an employee tested positive for the virus. That news comes after an update on COVID-19 in Ontario on Friday reported the province now has just shy of 1,000 confirmed cases.

The LCBO announced in a news release on March 27 that an employee at the location at Allen Road and Rimrock Road near York University has contracted the illness.

According to the statement, the store found out about the positive result last night. The location has been shut today for "deep cleaning."

The release notes that the affected employee last worked on location at the store last Friday, March 20. 

"The employee is currently resting at home and we wish them a full and speedy recovery," the LCBO writes.

It adds that it will discuss with public health staff whether any employees who may have had close contact with the staff member should self-isolate. 

The LCBO emphasizes that it has numerous health and safety measures that are particularly relevant right now, including increased cleaning, sanitization and physical distancing policies.

Last week, the LCBO announced it would be slashing opening hours in response to the pandemic.

Since then, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has ordered all non-essential businesses in the province to close down.

Once that order was first issued, there was some debate about where the LCBO and the Beer Store would fit into essential vs. non-essential businesses.

But, as Toronto's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa said on Monday, the LCBO is considered essential for those members of the population who have varying levels of alcohol-dependency issues.

Even with the stores still open, things right now are a far cry from how they were just a month ago when Torontonians lined up around the block in the cold to get their hands on a new product.

At least, as of this week, Ontarians have the option of alcohol deliveries from bars and restaurants when food is also ordered.

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