After declaring a state of emergency in Ontario back on March 17, the government released a list of essential services, and at that time, authorized Cannabis stores were deemed essential. However, on April 4, a revised list forced Cannabis retail stores to close their doors.
This list looked to be another in a long line of major blows to the industry, already beleaguered before the global pandemic of COVID-19. That is, until the Ontario Government announced, effective immediately and for the duration of the state of emergency, an Emergency Order to allow cannabis retail stores to offer delivery and curbside pick-up.
The AGCO has announced that they will not be issuing new store authorizations until the Emergency Order has been lifted. They will, however, continue to process and conduct eligibility assessments so that businesses will be ready to move forward when the EO is lifted. Also, Retail Operator Licences and Retail Manager Licences will continue to be issued.
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