Must-have for the holidays: COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits are being snapped up

Stock ran out at two LCBO stores by early Friday afternoon in Barrie

This has suddenly become a must-have for the holidays.

There has been a run on people getting their hands on those free take-home COVID-19 rapid antigen screening test kits.

The Ford government said this week it will distribute two million of the kits in high-traffic areas over the holidays including LCBO stores, malls, retail stores, holiday markets, public libraries, and transit hubs.

Two LCBO locations in Barrie and another in Collingwood (Pine/First) and Orillia (Highway 12b/11) ran out of stock early Friday afternoon. The story was similar at LCBO locations in Ottawa, London and Cambridge.

The LCBO wants the public to know it can’t confirm arrival times at each location and expects limited supply to go quickly.

Ontarians can visit to find out if pop-up rapid antigen screening sites have been established in their area.