If you run a non-medical retail cannabis business, working with a cannabis license consultant is more important now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, than ever before. Understanding BC cannabis license requirements can cause headaches for most retail cannabis business owners, and with an additional layer of pandemic-related restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer, staying on top of your legal responsibilities has become that much more difficult.
Public health orders change frequently and it’s not always easy to interpret their meaning. By working with an experienced cannabis license consultant, like Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors, you can be assured that you’re taking the right steps and won’t wind up attracting the negative attention of authorities or inspectors.
For obvious reasons, public health orders impact the way you do business. Remaining compliant is important for more than just safeguarding your BC cannabis license, though. The public (your customers) has become increasingly sensitive and vigilante about non-compliant businesses. It’s not uncommon for someone to complain about a business when it doesn’t follow public health orders and puts customers and staff at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19. Customers may complain to local authorities, BC Liquor & Cannabis Licensing Branch (LCRB), or they may air their grievances online on social media. You don’t have to look far to find an example of people complaining about a non-compliant business online. While this particular case is an egregious example of owners and staff openly disregarding province-wide restrictions, it demonstrates how non-compliance is perceived by the public, and how that public has a voice that they’re not afraid to use!
Some restrictions on gatherings have recently been relaxed a little, although all retail businesses (including BC cannabis licensees) are still required to follow many public health guidelines. These include establishing capacity limits, requiring social distancing, posting occupancy limits, posting directional signage when practical, requiring masks, and, as an employer, following WorkSafe BC Safety Plan guidelines including worker daily health checks.
While we’re probably closer to the end of the pandemic than we are to its beginning, full reopening will depend on the public and businesses pulling their weight. Collectively, we can’t afford complacency, because doing so could extend restrictions further into the future. To stop lockdowns and restrictions, the virus must be under control, and vaccines or not, people and businesses must follow guidelines to stop the spread. Even with vaccines, concerns about variants and vaccine efficacy over time may result in some public health restrictions staying in place for awhile.
Making the lives of BC liquor and cannabis license holders easier is the reason we exist. We stay on top of LCRB, municipal, and provincial public health rules so you don’t have to!
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