Although essential stores remain open, it doesn't mean they're invincible against COVID-19 in Ontario. Another LCBO store, the second in the space of four days, has reported that an employee has contracted the virus. The government-operated store announced the news on Monday, March 30.
According to a statement released by the LCBO on Monday, the incident relates to the St. Lawrence Market location, at 87 Front St. E.
The LCBO was alerted on March 30 to the fact that an employee at the branch had tested positive for COVID-19.
The release states that the last shift the employee worked was on March 15. That is over two weeks ago, and before non-essential stores in the province were ordered to shut down.
The worker is currently at home, resting.
The release does not specify whether the affected store at St. Lawrence Market will be closing as a result of the related confirmed case as the employee hasn't worked for some time.
The LCBO appears to be waiting on further health advice from city staff before making a decision.
"Should we receive additional direction or guidance from Toronto Public Health, we will act immediately and accordingly," reads the statement.
Just four days ago, on March 27, the first case of COVID-19 at an LCBO saw the store, in the area of Allen Road and Rimrock Road near York University, shut down after an employee tested positive.
That worker had last worked on March 20, just seven days before the announcement, so the location was closed in order to facilitate a thorough cleaning.
Other LCBO stores will remain open (barring any exceptional circumstances) since they are considered essential stores according to the government of Ontario.
But in order to promote social distancing, liquor stores and The Beer Store have shortened their hours throughout the working week.
They have also begun closing on Mondays, starting March 30, as the number of cases seemingly increase throughout the province.
On Tuesday, Ontario announced 260 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total to almost 2,000.