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Coronavirus: Liquor, cannabis stores to shut down across P.E.I. on Thursday

The closures will go into effect Thursday at 2 p.m.
The closures will go into effect Thursday at 2 p.m. GETTY

Prince Edward Island residents have less than 24 hours to stock up on liquor and cannabis, as the province announced it would be shutting down all non-essential services on Thursday.

At a press briefing Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Heather Morrison said she advised cabinet that liquor and cannabis stores are not considered essential.

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She also announced the closures of hairdressers, nail salons, malls, pools, fitness facilities, and liquor and cannabis stores.

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The closures will go into effect Thursday at 2 p.m.

When pressed about how this decision will impact those with alcohol addiction, Morrison said that’s why they didn’t close down liquor stores immediately.

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“It’s a balancing act, but we know alcohol is not considered an essential service at this time and we are going to try to give some time, until (Thursday) at 2 p.m.,” Morrison said.

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Food banks, pharmacies and grocery stores will remain open.

On Tuesday, P.E.I. banned in-room dining areas, bars, indoor play areas, theatres and movie theatres in order to stall the spread of coronavirus.

For restaurants, pick-up, delivery and drive-thru options will continue to be allowed for the time being.

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There is still just once confirmed case of COVID-19 on P.E.I. A woman in her 50s from the Queens County area tested positive for the virus after returning from travel on a cruise ship.

Over 180 Islanders have been tested for COVID-19.