Nunavik’s COVID-19 alcohol restrictions lead to long lineups in Kuujjuaq – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on April 8, 202061 Views

8 April 2020

“Compliance continues to be a challenge for everyone”

Nunavik’s move to limit alcohol purchases during the COVID-19 crisis to keep people healthy may have backfired due to a new phenomenon in Kuujjuaq.

Since the hours for purchasing beer and wine at the local co-operative store have been reduced and the amount that can be bought at one time has been cut, a lineup of as many as 65 people can be seen waiting to get into the co-op store when they can buy alcohol.

And the crowding may lead to more restrictions in how alcohol is obtained, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services told Nunatsiaq News on Tuesday.

For now, the health board said there are guards at the co-op to help ensure residents are complying with social distancing.

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