- The SAQ recently announced in a press release that it will be closing all of its stores across the province on Sundays, for an indeterminate period of time.
- The reasoning behind this decision is to give all SAQ employees a break during this difficult time.
- Read all about this new measure below.
The SAQ announced in press release on March 21 that it will be closing all of its stores across the province on Sundays. It is specified that this decision is for an "indeterminate period." The reason for this decision, the company explains, is that its employees are exhausted and need a break.
The company began its announcement of March 21 by reminding everyone that "the SAQ has been operating with reduced staff due to preventive self-isolation and the closing of schools and daycare centres."
It is further noted that there is a high number of people going to SAQ stores, which is leaving employees of them exhausted. For this reason, the SAQ is changing its opening hours from Mondays – Saturdays, making all stores closed on Sundays.
This decision takes effect today, March 22 — meaning that all SAQ stores in the province are closed on this day, and will reopen tomorrow, Monday, March 23.
To ensure both customers' and employees' safety, the SAQ states that "Monday mornings will be devoted to cleaning and sanitizing the stores and restocking the shelves so that team members will be ready to start serving customers again."
In the press release, SAQ's President and CEO, Catherine Dagenais, thanks all of the company's employees for how hard they have been working during this difficult time.
In relation to the decision about closing all stores on Sundays for the health of employees, Dagenais states that "it is now time for them to rest and be with their families."
"Our employees are key to keeping our business up and running and their health is a top priority," she tells us.
The SAQ also announced four days ago that its stores are not allowed to open any earlier than 10 a.m. and any later than 6 p.m.
The SAQ further reminds its clients that ordering online remains the best option in the face of this pandemic.
Canada Post delivery for available for purchases, although they cannot guarantee a delivery time at the moment.
SAQ's President and CEO also noted that "The demand on our operations in recent days shows us just how important the SAQ is in customers’ daily lives, especially during the current situation."
So, an update on the current situation in our province seems fitting.
According to the Government of Canada's official website, as of 9 a.m. on March 22, there have been a total of 202 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, with an additional 19 "probable cases."
You can read more about the protective measures the SAQ is taking against COVID-19 here.
Quebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. You can read about them.
More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the Government of Canada's website here.