Canopy Growth is re-opening the doors for foot traffic to two of their retail brands, Tokyo Smoke and Tweed, in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, starting June 1.
After nearly two and a half months of being closed to the public, the stores are re-opening with social distancing and safety measures firmly in place. Like most businesses in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where active and new cases of COVID-19 are nearly non-existent, the stores are limiting the number of customers inside at one time, increasing sanitization frequency, and adding floor markers to assist with social distancing. Click and Collect and delivery services in the cities of Winnipeg and Saskatoon are still available.
Canopy Growth announced in March that 23 corporately-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed stores would be temporarily closing due to COVID-19 precautions until they felt they were confident they could safely serve the public. The company felt that they had an obligation to their medical customers as well, so they were still offering Click and Collect and same-day delivery services within Winnipeg and Saskatoon.
“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,” said David Klein, CEO of Canopy Growth, in a press release at the time.
While e-commerce options were still available, the decision to remain closed for so long is puzzling, considering that cannabis is deemed an essential service in both provinces and other retailers were able to stay open during this time with improved safety precautions.
Around 18 stores across Manitoba and Saskatchewan have now re-opened.