Virginia ABC stores to change to noon opening
COVID-19 causing staffing difficulties
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority will change its daily opening hours to noon at its 395 stores starting Monday.
Staffing stores has become difficult as “increasing numbers of ABC’s retail employees continue to be affected by COVID-19,” the authority said in a news release. Store closing times will remain the same.
“Like other retailers affected by pandemic-related staffing shortages, we are modifying our store hours to reduce the need to close stores because of employee quarantines,” Virginia ABC CEO Travis Hill said in a statement. “Opening at noon meets the needs of the majority of our customers, most of whom prefer to shop in the afternoon.”
Virginia ABC stores continue to follow safety measures, according to a news release. All stores have Plexiglas shields at registers and undergo daily cleaning and sanitizing, and all employees must wear masks.
In most of Virginia, customers can also place orders online for curbside pickup or home delivery rather than shop in-store.