Prince Edward Island to reopen cannabis stores with restrictions

Licensed recreational cannabis stores in Prince Edward Island will reopen on May 22 “with limited access,” the government-operated marijuana retailer announced.

All four PEI Cannabis stores on the island were closed on short notice in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, although online sales continued.

The reopened stores will feature public health measures, including:

  • Restricting the number of customers inside each store.
  • Security outside stores to ensure customers line up in accordance with social-distancing rules.
  • Floor markings to encourage social distancing inside stores.
  • A “general screening” at store reception areas “to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements.”
  • Encouraging “touch-free” shopping in stores and promoting online orders.
  • Temporarily eliminating cash payments and product returns.

However, PEI Cannabis said any shoppers wearing face coverings will be required to remove the mask upon entering a store.

The retailer is also reinstating delivery fees for online orders that are less than 100 Canadian dollars ($72). Those fees were temporarily waived while stores were closed.

Bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores in most Canadian provinces have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, although some provinces have restricted sales to online-only.

Earlier this week, cannabis stores in Ontario were allowed to open to customers under certain conditions.

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