Since the beggining of the COVID-19 outbreak, MERIT has strived to go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our guests, our staff, and our community.

Currently, Ontario is under a stay-at-home order, with some businesses, including ours allowed to remain open. ┬áThe province recommends you only leave your home for essential trips. If you deem a visit to MERIT’s Bottle Shop and Market an essential trip, we have various measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone who enters. We are currently operating TO-GO service only, with strict measures in place for anyone who enters 107 James St. North to place a to-go order. These include:

  • Mandatory screening of both guests and staff upon entrance of 107 James St. North, using Ontario Required Screening Questions.
  • Sanitization of hands using 80% ABV Hand Sanitizer.
  • Requirement of masks to be worn at all time on premise.
  • Maximum of 4 people in the Market space at a time.
  • Limiting crossing of paths/side-by-side passing in the Bottle Shop using directional signage.
  • Lineup markers outside that are atleast 6ft apart and include signage about wearing a mask while in line.
  • Using new growler-glass only and temporarily suspending ‘re-fill’ program to reduce shared contact of a single surface.
  • Sanitization of each payment terminal after every use using PAA Surface Sanitizer.
  • Physical distance indicators within the Market space and at Checkout.
  • Cleaning of all surfaces at payment areas after every use using PAA Surface Sanitizer.
  • Use of Nitrile Gloves by all staff for all activities that involved handling product that may be touched at a later point by customers. This includes: bottles, growlers, glassware, and all retail product.
  • Front door open to ensure air-flow in the Bottle Shop + Market space
  • Washroom use limited to staff-only and cleaned hourly.

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If you have any questions regarding our practices or require further information, please contact