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Distilleries across North America have responded to the sudden shortage of hand sanitizer -- in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic -- by switching gears and producing their own supply of sanitizer. All B.C. distillers have been authorized to switch production from spirits to sanitizer and even beer giant Labatt has retooled operations.
The widespread movement to assist in dire times of need has not been lost on local Ontario distillers. More and more breweries and distilleries are halting production to focus attention on producing a much needed commodity -- hand sanitizer. The equipment, resources and infrastructure are already in place for these establishments, so many have taken it upon themselves to help out their local community amid increasing cases of COVID-19.
Majority of funds are being donated to food banks, front-line workers and those in the hospitality industry.
Spirit of York has switched their focus to making affordable and accessible hand sanitizer, with proceeds going towards local food banks.
Dillon's Distillery, located in Beamsville, has pivoted to the production of hand sanitizer, which they are delivering to essential service workers for free. If you are looking to support their hard-work, you can purchase Dillon's spirits online.
Mill Street Brewery is making hand sanitizer for hospitality industry workers, as well as employees of the LCBO and The Beer Store, for free.
Reid's Distillery is giving away sanitizing spray for free to front-line health care providers.
Corby Spirit announced their plans to produce hand sanitizer to help fight the global spread of COVID-19. They will be donating supplies to vulnerable communities and TTC workers.