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LCBO 'pauses' alcohol delivery with Skip The Dishes

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 at 7:03 am EDT

A Canadian flag flies near an under construction LCBO store in Bowmanville, Ont. on July 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

The LCBO says it is “pausing” its partnership with food delivery provider Skip The Dishes.

“Following direction from the Ontario government, effective end of day today, LCBO’s partnership with SkipTheDishes is paused until further notice,” the LCBO said in a statement on Twitter Sunday.

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips said on Sunday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry been “among the hardest hit” and needs support. Since the spring, licensed bars and restaurants have been allowed to sell alcohol via takeout and delivery to help keep their businesses going.

“Restaurants continue to need our support, which is why the Premier and I have asked the LCBO to pause their recently announced delivery plans with Skip the Dishes,” Phillips said.

The LCBO said it will continue to offer in-store shopping and expanded same-day pickup.

“[We] will continue to look for new ways to increase choice and convenience for our customers,” they said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the move.

“Premier [Ford] and Finance Minister [Rod Phillips] got this one right. Modernized liquor laws are the way to go but not right now with restaurants locked down. Good call,” Tory said in a tweet Sunday afternoon.

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