Physical distancing (formerly known as social distancing) measures have been in full force in countries around the world in efforts to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time, it has been recommended by the government and health officials that non-essential travel and gatherings of 10 or more should be avoided; even less in certain areas. Essential travel includes grocery shopping, health appointments and travel to and from work. However, many are asking where wine and alcohol sales fall in this.


How Wineries are Responding to COVID-19

Many wineries across Canada and the United States have closed their tasting rooms in efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and adhere to physical distancing recommendations. However, wineries and liquor stores are still allowed to make sales and fall under the “essential services” much like grocery stores.

While it’s highly recommended to obtain groceries and food through delivery or curbside pickup to limit contact with others– it is encouraged that alcohol and liquor are obtained the same way. In support of this, many wineries have begun to offer contactless delivery and/or curbside pick up/take out services to ensure that wine lovers are able to still enjoy a bottle during self-isolation and physical distancing.


What you need to know about the COVID-19 Delivery Driver Strike

Many delivery services have been experiencing longer than normal delivery times due to the high volume of orders and the potential delivery driver strike. Delivery services such as Amazon and Instacart delivery drivers will be going on strike due to a lack of proper protective equipment during deliveries, according to CTV News. Other delivery services are expected to follow suit, so ordering directly from your retailer, or brewery, might be your best bet.


Which wineries are offering delivery services?

Wineries and liquor stores offering delivery services vary by city, however, many are offering delivery across Canada and the United States via delivery apps such as Drizly, SkiptheDishes, Foodora, and DoorDash.


See a list of Canadian Wineries Offering Delivery and Curbside Pickup during COVID-19 crisis