Following a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and the upcoming holiday season, the Quebec government has announced new containment measures for retailers.
There will be a closure of non-essential businesses for a period of 2 weeks, from December 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021 inclusively.
Food retailers, hardware stores, convenience stores, pet stores and pharmacies may remain open but must limit themselves to the sale of items deemed essential. No list will be provided by the government – retailers must use their best judgement. All essential products that are approved to be sold must come from categories that serve the needs for food, hygiene, health, security and repairs.
Only the sale of essential products, generally sold in businesses included in this list, is authorized. Operators will need to ensure that the necessary measures are in place to prevent access and sale of other products in brick and mortar stores.
Curbside pickup remains permitted only for businesses who are authorized to remain open for essential goods.
Only traffic areas can be opened in shopping centers to ensure access to businesses that are not affected by the closures from December 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
Personal care services such as hairdressing, manicure and spa services will have to close from December 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021 inclusive.
Online sales of both essential and non-essential items remains permissible during this period but for delivery only.RCC/CCCD is fighting to ensure that curbside pickup remains available to all retailers and we will keep members abreast of further developments!