LCBO staff may now wear face shields while serving customers at retail locations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, if they so choose.
The shields are the newest of measures the company has been adopting to protect staff and customers as the coronavirus progresses, including increased cleaning and sanitization, as well as measures that support physical distancing.
This includes marking the floor where customers should stand while in line and, most recently, starting the installation of plexiglass barriers at cash registers across the province.
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The face shields serve as an additional tool that individual staff members can use in order to protect their eyes, mouth, and nose from the transfer of droplets, and to help prevent face-touching.
These shields, according to the LCBO, will not replace other preventative measures recommended by Public Health, including frequent hand-washing, avoiding close contact with ill individuals, avoiding touching the face, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
Further, people should not visit the stores if they are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus or should be in self-isolation for other reasons, including recently returning from travel outside of Canada.
The LCBO is not providing staff with masks, as the company is following the recommendations of public health agencies, and is conscious of not depleting the supply required by frontline healthcare workers.
Two LCBO staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus as of Wednesday morning. Both cases are located in Toronto.