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The Distillery District's Spirit of York has decided to halt the production of spirits this week in favour of the now more coveted and hard-to-find hand sanitizer.
Spirt of York announces they will be producing hand sanitizer for the community amid increasing shortages.
Spirit of York, which is known for their meticulously crafted grain-to-glass spirits -- in particular gin and vodka -- has changed course in lieu of the mounting COVID-19 pandemic.
Gerry Guitor, Founder of Spirit of York said, "As a company, we have always maintained a focus on the spirit of community and giving back... Now that we are in our greatest hour of need, we have been working hard to find new ways to give back. Using our facilities to produce hand sanitizer seemed like a perfect way to support the public while also giving back to more vulnerable communities.”
City wide shortages of hand sanitizer have made the product a rare commodity and even if you do manage to find it, the prices are at least double the original price.
The distillery intends on helping the community by providing their own hand sanitizer starting March 19, 2020. The product is available in-house and is priced at $2.95 but is free for anyone over 65 and for those who cannot afford it.
The distillery is strictly following the guidelines set out by the World Health Organization and intends to donate all proceeds to local Toronto food banks.