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Coronavirus: Tokyo Smoke, Tweed among first pot shops to close

Coronavirus: Tokyo Smoke, Tweed among first pot shops to close
Canopy Growth is rolling out plans to temporarily close all of its corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations across Canada.

Canopy Growth is rolling out plans to temporarily close all of its corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations across Canada.

In an email release, the company cited “guidance given by public health bodies around the globe” as the reason for the closures.

Effective Monday at 5:00 p.m., 23 stores in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan will close.

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The Tweed Visitor Centre in Smiths Falls, Ont., will be closing its doors as well.

“This is a big decision but it was also an easy one to make – our retail teams are public-facing and have been serving an above-average volume of transactions in recent days,” says Canopy Growth’s CEO, David Klein.

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Online orders will still be accepted from both Tokyo Smoke and Tweed’s websites in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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For other provinces, patients will be able to continue purchasing medical cannabis through Spectrum Therapeutics.

“We have a responsibility to our employees, their families, and our communities to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ by limiting social interactions. For us, that means shifting our focus from retail to e-commerce,” says Klein.

Meanwhile Delta 9 said they have no scheduled store closures in Winnipeg, and have not limited store hours.

The company said it’s instituted measures to protect customers and staff including increased sanitation at their production facility and retail locations, limiting certain functions in stores, and implementing 14 day quarantines for employees returning from international travel.

“We continue to monitor the situation by the hour to ensure the safety o f our employees and customers,” the company said in a statement to Global News.

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