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Thompson Okanagan Bulk Barns suspend refillable container program due to coronavirus

Kelowna's Bulk Barn located off of Highway 97.
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March 08, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Bulk Barns across Canada have suspended their popular refillable container program due to a deadly virus.

“Our reusable container program already has built into it very high standards, including the need for containers to be properly cleaned prior to being brought into the store."

However, out of the abundance of caution due to COVID-19 uncertainties, we have determined that it is appropriate at this point to be extra diligent and to pause the program for the current time,” according to Bulk Barn’s statement, posted on the front doors of its Kelowna location.

The post echoes its statement online, announcing that stores across Canada will no long accept refillable containers.

Other businesses have also taken extra precautions due to COVID-19.

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Starbucks and Tim Hortons have both temporarily suspended their refillable cup programs.

Tim Hortons has also scrapped its Roll Up The Rim coffee cups, as concerns arose with customers returning used cups that would be handled by staff.

READ MORE: Tim Hortons is scrapping Roll Up The Rim cups due to the coronavirus

On Friday, McDonalds also stopped accepting reusable mugs for its beverages.

As of March 7, 27 coronavirus cases have been reported in B.C., according to the Government of Canada.

The virus, which was first reported in China in January 2020, has spread around the globe. It is transmitted through coughing, close personal contact and can be transmitted through items that have been exposed to the virus, according to the Government of Canada’s website.

For more information visit the government’s website

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