Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Open versus Closed: The Risks Associated with Retail Liquor Stores during COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial and territorial governments have designated liquor stores as essential businesses permitted to stay open. This brief report will highlight some of the risks associated with keeping liquor stores open during the pandemic and the potential risks of closing these stores. It is intended for government officials, policy makers, researchers and journalists.

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