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City temporarily closes two municipal liquor stores amid pandemic

Post Date:03/24/2020 12:36 PM

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As more cases of the coronavirus are confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health, governments, commercial entities and other organizations have changed their business practices to prevent the further spread of the disease. Starting Wednesday, March 25, the City of Richfield will be temporarily closing two of its municipal liquor stores to further improve social distancing between customers and staff.

The two stores being temporarily shuttered are located at 6444 Lyndale Avenue and 7700 Lyndale Avenue.

The other two stores, located at 6444 Penn Avenue and 6600 Cedar Avenue, will remain open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Everyone has a responsibility in reducing the spread of the coronavirus,” said Liquor Operations Director Bill Fillmore. “Our customers have been understanding, supportive and respectful of the changes we have made at our stores.”

Richfield’s municipal liquor stores have been regularly amending its business practices throughout the spread of the coronavirus to better protect both customers and staff. Thus far, the stores have established floor markings to demonstrate and encourage social distancing, stopped accepting cash as payment for transactions, turned off its in-store ATMs, and continually sanitize all touchpoints, carts, handles, payment terminals and shopping baskets.

Additionally, stores are limiting the number of customers inside to six at a time, asking customers who appear ill to immediately leave the store, not allowing employees who do not feel well to come in to work, and declining all returns or exchanges. Stores are also suspending the sale of lottery tickets.  

“Since the establishment of our municipal liquor stores, we have always tried to offer our services in the most responsible manner, which for decades made sure that only those who were legally able to purchase our products were able to do so,” explained Fillmore. “However, with the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, it means ensuring that our patrons and staff remain healthy when accessing our services.”

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