NSLC backtracks, will accept cash during COVID-19

Less than eight hours after announcing it would go cashless as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has backtracked.

Following customer complaints, the Crown corporation will take cash at the “employee’s discretion,” said spokesperson Beverley Ware.

“While we do accept cash still, we are encouraging customers to pay with debit or credit if possible,” she told Global News on Thursday.

“It was one of the measures implemented to try and reduce the risk but based on the feedback we’ve heard from a number of customers who only have cash, we’ve decided to allow it.”

Ware emphasized that cash should only be used as a last resort.

The number of customers permitted in a store at a time will still be limited based on the size of the location. The NSLC is also asking patrons to bag their own purchases in order to reduce contact with cashiers.

Store hours have been reduced to between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday, with province-wide closures on Sundays, and special shopping hours for seniors at those most at risk for COVID-19.

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