The LCBO is joining the corral of other businesses installing plexiglass barriers at checkouts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the Liquor Board Employees Division announced Friday that they are working to install the barriers as soon as possible.
The LCBO has also agreed to limit the number of customers in some stores at one time, and to provide security to enforce this rule. Stores are also placing tape on the floor to ensure social distancing, and every other cash register is closed.
Further, employees are to take breaks every 30 minutes for hand-washing, and more hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies are placed throughout stores.
Other areas where the groups are working to make changes at the LCBO include the elimination of cash payments and issuing masks to staff.
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“If the LCBO is going to stay open, it must put in place any and all measures necessary to keep workers and the public safe. We respect the decision to stay open to help a vulnerable population, however, we want to ensure all the necessary precautions are implemented to protect our workers and the public,” reads the release.
“Our members at the LCBO are proud public service workers and they want to do their part during this crisis, but they shouldn’t be asked to put their health, or their families’ health, at risk.”