London Drugs has announced dedicated shopping hours for healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a statement from the company, this will take place during the last hour of the store’s opening, between 8 to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday, and 7 to 8 pm on Sunday.
This will be available at all London Drugs locations across British Columbia, Edmonton, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and will begin on Wednesday.
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Clint Mahlman, president and CEO, said that they’re trying to keep shopping as stress-free as possible for the workers.
“They often have long shifts and many stores are closed by the time they are off their day shifts,” he explains in the release. “We know it is a stressful time for those working frontline on the health crisis and it is imperative we do everything we can to help these individuals stay healthy and take care of them as best we can.”
The dedicated shopping hour is available to first responders, frontline healthcare workers, hospital staff, care homes staff, medical centre employees, and pharmacists.
In order to gain entry from the store, responders and staff will be asked to show an employer ID or credentials from their workplace.
Earlier this March, London Drugs announced a number of cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as putting a purchase limit for customers on essential items. The first hour of operation from Monday to Friday has also been dedicated to seniors and people with disabilities.
In addition to providing dedicated hours to first responders and health care workers, London Drugs has announced that they will be assisting BC Girl Guides by selling their cookies at all 82 locations.