Customers and staff of New Brunswick’s provincial cannabis stores now need to fill out a questionnaire before entering.
The new protocol was introduced this week, and is the latest of a series of measures introduced by Cannabis NB to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Many cannabis retailers across the country remain open, as most provinces are declaring them an essential service.
British Columbia was the most recent government to follow suit, including cannabis on its list of essential retailers on Thursday.
The Cannabis NB questionnaire asks the following:
- Do you have any of the following symptoms : fever/feverish, new or exacerbation of chronic cough, difficulty breathing?
- Have you returned from China, Iran or Italy within the last 14 days or have you returned from any other out-of-country destination since March 13, 2020?
- Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case?
- Have you had close contact with a person being tested for COVID-19?
Cannabis NB says it’s continuously monitoring the situation and implementing measures to help keep its community safe.
“We apologize for any inconvenience, however, the health and safety of our customers and teams remain our number one priority,” it said in the statement.
Measures already implemented include:
- No longer accepting cash payments.
- Implementing social distancing practices.
- Practicing frequent hand washing and hygiene practices.
- Increasing sanitization within stores.
- Reducing store hours (11:00 am – 6:00 pm), and closing on Sunday.
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