GNWT has no plan to close liquor stores and cannabis outlet amidst coronavirus threat

Yellowknife's Downtown Liquor Store (CKLB File Photo)

The Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NWTLCC) will keep all its liquor stores and its one cannabis outlet open – at least for the time being – despite the coronavirus threat.

In an email to CKLB, a government spokesperson stated that the commission is actively monitoring the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will act on the advice and recommendations of the Chief Public Health Officer as required.

The NWTLCC’s online Cannabis store will also remain open at this time.

Cannabis customers practicing social distancing or who are in self-isolation are encouraged to visit the online store at

The commission states it will monitor the situation closely and adapt as required.

“At this time  there are no plans to close stores and stores are not currently experiencing any supply chain issues,” the email states. “We will be assessing store hours based on the staff availability at each location and will keep the public informed of any changes.”

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John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.