On March 19, cannabis and liquor stores were forced to temporarily close on Prince Edward Island, after the province announced it would be shutting down all non-essential services. These measures were taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Islanders received little notice, finding out on March 18 about the shutdowns. This reportedly led to large groups of people lining up outside of cannabis and retail locations, standing close to one another and disregarding social distancing.
There are 17 government-owned liquor and cannabis stores across PEI. It is unclear when they may reopen. Residents can order non-medical cannabis online.
Cannabis stores in other provinces remain open but are dealing with increased demand, staffing problems, and delivery delays.
The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has suspended same-day and next-day deliveries. The OCS, BC Cannabis Stories, and Société Québécoise du cannabis also warn that Canada Post is no longer delivering parcels that require a signature or proof-of-age to customer doors. Instead, shoppers must look for a card notifying them of a nearby post office where they can show identification at and collect their package.
Other companies are choosing to temporarily close. Effective March 23 at 5:00 pm, 23 Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations in Manitoba, Newfoundland, and Saskatchewan will close.