Quebec is extending the opening of stores on weekdays until 10 p.m. to facilitate the collection of purchases made online. Hours will also be extended on weekends, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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The Legault government specified that the extension will apply only for the collection of purchases made online, and not for the opening of shops as such.
The extension of hours will begin on November 27.
“Christmas is an important time for traders. In the current context of a pandemic, the extension of store opening hours will facilitate holiday shopping and prevent gatherings in stores, ”said Pierre Fitzgibbon in a statement, who at the same time encouraged people frequenting local businesses.
In addition, on Boxing Day, December 26, retail businesses will be able to admit the public from 10 a.m., instead of 1 p.m.
Several representatives of the business community across the country welcomed the government’s decision: Stéphane Drouin, Director General of the Conseil québécois du commerce de commerce (CQDC); Marc Fortin, President of the Retail Council of Canada – Quebec; Debbie Zakaib, Managing Director of Mmode, the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster; François Vincent, Quebec vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB); Charles Milliard, President and CEO of the Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ).