COVID-19: London Drugs announces dedicated shopping hour for frontline workers

With many stores dedicating shopping hours to those most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, Richmond-based London Drugs is reserving one hour each day for workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Starting Wednesday, each of the pharmacy and retailer’s stores will be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. 

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First responders include firefighters, police officers, ambulance paramedics and active military personnel, while healthcare workers include hospital staff, care home staff, medical centre employees and pharmacists.

Clint Mahlman, president and chief executive officer of London Drugs, said in a statement that the hours are offered in hopes that frontline workers can “get their shopping done as easy and as stress-free as possible.”

“They often work long shifts and many stores are closed by the time they are off their day shifts,” said Mahlman.

“We know it is a stressful time for those working on the frontline of this health crisis and it is imperative we do everything we can to help these individuals stay health and take care of them as best we can.”

To access the dedicated shopping hours, medical professionals and first responders must show an employer ID or workplace credentials.

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