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LCBO to resume seven-day weeks after being closed on Mondays for almost a year

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the weekly closure of the government-run liquor stores for enhanced COVID-19 cleaning last March.

The LCBO will once again be open on Mondays in cities across the province. 

At the start of the pandemic in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced the stores would be closed on Mondays for enhanced COVID-19 cleaning procedures. 

However, according to the company's union OPSEU/SEFPO, LCBO management refused to schedule staff on Mondays and just had them work on the other six days. 

"That meant the LCBO workers had less time to do their work and face more frequent customer rushes, making it more difficult for them to rigorously observe the safety and cleaning protocols," said OPSEU. 

OPSEU/SEFPO president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said in a statement, the Monday closings were also giving private alcohol retailers an unfair leg up and "every sale that a private retailer takes from the LCBO means less money coming back to government for public services." 

"This is great news for us and great news for our customers," said Colleen MacLeod, the chair of the OPSEU/SEFPO Liquor Board Employees Division. "We'll now have the time and the space we need to do our essential work as safely as possible." 


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