The number of REC stores nationally continues to grow, reaching 840 last week. In Ontario, 50 stores will soon become 123. BC already had 175 stores with 43 more “coming soon,” and of course Alberta had 433.
- The show must go on, retailers say. In spite of the pandemic, new REC stores are opening in Windsor, Ottawa, Toronto, and more. (The AGCO continues to fast-track REC store licensing in Ontario.)
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Some retailers aren’t messing around with the pandemic: one store in Barrie closed temporarily to wait out COVID-19. But for those staying open, the safety of staff and customers is a key concern.
- Some stores like Tyendinaga’s Legacy 420 and Chestermere, Alberta’s Lake City Cannabis are installing plexiglass dividers at counters.
- Lawyers Torkin Manes published a roundup of different REC stores’ COVID safety measures.
New Brunswick crown REC monopoly Cannabis NB escalated from closing Sundays and reducing its hours a week and a half ago to actively screening customers for COVID-19 with questionnaires about symptoms and recent travel histories before entering stores.