NWT Liquor Store reducing hours to ensure staff availability throughout the COVID-19 response

Yellowknife's Downtown Liquor Store (CKLB File Photo)

Starting on Monday all NWT Liquor Stores will have reduced hours to help ensure staff availability throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

All stores will remain open Monday through Saturday with the following hours in effect:

• Yellowknife, Inuvik and Hay River will be open from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

• Fort Smith will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

• Fort Simpson will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

• Norman Wells will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“Our first priority at all NWT Liquor Stores remains the health and safety of our store employees and our customers,” the NWT Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) stated. To further protect our customers and staff, some locations will be limit the number of customers in the store and provide specific shopping times for seniors which, is in line with the principles of social distancing.”

The NWT Liquor and Cannabis Commission is respectfully asking its customers also to respect these principles while in their stores as a means to protect themselves and their staff members.

“Should customer purchasing habits become a concern; individual stores will institute a size limit on purchases,” NTLCC said. “These changes will enable our valuable staff continue working in a safe environment as well as implement enhanced cleaning measures, ensure that our shelves have product stocked and ensure they have time to care of themselves and their families.”

The NTLCC says it takes its responsibilities as a trusted retailer very seriously and will continue to act on the advice of public health officials and to manage their network to best serve their customers in a safe and healthy environment.

“We all play a role in keeping each other and our community safe and we would like to thank our customers for the patience they’ve shown our team members during this extraordinary time,” the NTLCC concluded.



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