Iqaluit beer and wine store to open Mondays for elders only
Government of Nunavut also announces one-time payment for Nunavut elders
Starting June 8, the Iqaluit beer and wine store will be open only for elders on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
That means only people over the age of 60 can go to the store during that time, George Hickes, Nunavut’s health minister, said at a news conference earlier today.
“This is a measure to ensure social distancing and avoiding crowds for our elders. I ask that everyone respect and be mindful of that,” Hickes said.
The beer and wine store is normally closed on Mondays.
Hickes also reminded residents that having someone else purchase your daily limit from the beer and wine store is considered bootlegging.
Government of Nunavut announced new one-time payment for elders
Elisapee Sheutiapik, minister of family services, also announced a new one-time payment for elders from the Government of Canada.
Elders receiving either the federal Old Age Security pension or the Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive a one-time tax-free payment.
“Seniors eligible for the Old Age Security pension will receive an additional $300 and those seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive an additional $200,” Sheutiapik said.
The payment will automatically be applied to anyone already receiving either the OAS or the GIS.
Sheutiapik said Nunavut elders receiving OAS or GIS can receive the extra payment without having those benefits clawed back.