San Francisco city officials have announced that cannabis dispensaries can remain open during the three-week shelter in place order that has home-quarantined the region due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
San Francisco, California cannabis dispensaries will remain open alongside essential businesses as the city shuts down most nonessential businesses amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dispensaries were initially included in the shelter in place order that will close most businesses for three weeks, but the health department walked back that directive for dispensaries on Tuesday.
“Cannabis is an essential medicine for many San Francisco residents. Dispensaries can continue to operate as essential businesses during this time, while practicing social distancing and other public health recommendations.” – San Francisco Department of Public Health on Twitter
Dr. Susan Philip, director of disease prevention and control, said during a news conference that dispensaries would remain open for pickup and delivery.
“People rely on medical cannabis for chronic pain, seizure disorders, muscle spasms, depression and multiple other disorders and conditions,” Philip said to reporters.
Eliot Dobris, a spokesman for the Apothecarium dispensary, which has three San Francisco locations, told the Chronicle that the store’s policies have changed amid the outbreak – customers can no longer touch samples or jars, and are asked to maintain distance from other customers and staff. They’ve also set up hand sanitizer stations and employees dedicated to cleaning the shop.
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