Canada Cyberattack forces Ontario Beer Store locations to go cash only
Coronavirus: Liquor licensed Ontario bars, restaurant can sell alcohol with takeout and delivery food
The Ontario government has amended a regulation that will allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol as part of a food order for takeout or delivery due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act has been altered to temporarily allow licensed bars and restaurants to sell beer, wine and spirits along with food. They cannot, however, sell alcohol without a food order. The changes are effective immediately until Dec. 31, 2020.
A cyberattack has forced an unknown number of Ontario's more than 400 Beer Store locations to go cash only, as their credit and debit processing capabilities were wiped out.
Brewers Retail, a consortium of brewing conglomerates that owns the retail chain known as The Beer Store, was targeted by a cyberattack that wiped out most of the network's payment processing capabilities.
"Overnight, we were subjected to a cyber attack and are following internal response protocols," a spokesperson for the company told CBC News. "Some of our locations are operating with cash only. We continue to implement physical distancing and are following all public health guidelines."
Premier Doug Ford 'frustrated' over large lines outside store amid video game release .
Premier Doug Ford expressed his frustration after massive lines were seen outside a video game store in Toronto Friday. "It's unacceptable," said Ford. "This is exactly what causes the spread. I just can't stress it enough." The line ran outside of the EB Games on Yonge Street and was prompted by the release of two new video games: Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom: Eternal. In a statement posted on Twitter, the store announced its intention to remain open, despite concerns. It also acknowledged nationwide efforts to social distance, stating it will allow only 10 customers in the store "at any given time" and will no longer accept cash or trades.